SEN Policy

Special Educational Needs Policy

At YMCA Beacon Nursery we aim to have regards of the Department for Education & Skills Code of Practice on Special Educational Needs, and also to other guidelines supplied.

Special Education Needs (SEN)

A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her.

A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she

  • has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others the same age
  • has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post 16 institutions.

For children aged 2 or more special educational provision is educational or training provision that is additional to or different from that made generally for other children or young people of the same age by mainstream schools, maintained nursery schools, mainstream post 16 institutions or by relevant early years providers.  For a child under 2 years of age special educational provision means education provision of any kind.

A child under compulsory school age has special educational needs if he or she is likely to fall within the definition above when they reach compulsory school age or would do so if special educational provision was not made for them.

Aims and Objectives:

  • Promote an inclusive environment where all children are encouraged to reach their
  • true potential and build a firm basis for lifelong learning
  • Provide a broad and balanced curriculum that is accessible to all children and recognises individual need.
  • Work in partnership with parents and other professionals to monitor individual progress and plan future targets.
  • Keep up to date with current initiatives and attend in-service training on Special

Educational Needs whenever possible.

The needs and progress of all children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) will be monitored by our SENCO.

Special Educational Needs Coordinator SENCO: Deputy Nursery Manager, Deputy SENCO: Nursery Manager


The SENCO’s role will be to:
  • Be familiar with the code of practice
  • Work in close partnership with parents and staff to identify and monitor plans for
  • individual learning for those with special needs
  • Attend regular training courses and be aware of the training needs of other adults (including parents where appropriate) working within the setting
  • Liaise with and work alongside outside agencies and key professionals as necessary
  • Ensure that up to date records of children with SEN are made and that these are monitored regularly
  • Ensure that records are made accessible to parents, key staff and professionals working with the child



We recognise and value the needs of all children and ensure that all individuals have the opportunity to become an integral part of nursery life. All children are admitted following full consultation with parents/carers and any outside agencies who may be involved. In this way we aim to consider both staffing levels and the physical environment to ensure that we are able to support the child to the best of our ability. We will ensure the needs of the child are met and will endeavour to acquire specialist toys and equipment whenever possible.  We will seek out training and support from St Helens Early Years.

Parental Partnership:

We recognise that parents are the prime educators of their children. We are therefore keen to establish strong links to ensure successful transition and continued partnership. Parents are encouraged to share information and discuss their child’s progress regularly, both formally and informally. In this way we aim to promote continuity of care and support between the child, their key worker, the SENCO and parents.

Identification and Assessment of SEN:

Parents and carers are encouraged to share their knowledge and expertise about their child’s strengths and needs. This information is then shared formally with staff and an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) will be devised for those with particular educational needs, under the guidance of the SENCO. These plans will be monitored regularly in consultation with parents and staff and individual progress will be monitored continually.

Where there are concerns about the progress of an individual who has not previously been identified as having SEN, care will be taken to work closely with parents and staff to monitor and assess development. Under the guidance of the SENCO, support may then be requested from outside agencies and professionals where appropriate.

Arrangements for Reviewing the SEN Policy and Procedures:

We will review our policy our procedures for working with children with SEN on a regular basis.

If any parent/carer should have a complaint, they should follow our Complaints Procedure and Complaints Policy.


What Parents Say

My children started here at the beginning of the pandemic, the manager and all the team went above and beyond for me and my children more than once. At a time of uncertainty and anxiety, my children were completely unaffected and settled in brilliantly. I was happy with their policies and procedures to keep their setting Covid-secure, and believe they have been excellent in keeping my children safe. I am so happy with the bonds they have made here, my daughter will be sad to leave, she has such an amazing day, every day and that's thanks to the fabulous staff here. Both of my children came on leaps and bounds in the time spent here and I would recommend this nursery to anyone and everyone! We will miss you!

    Christy B


    The nursery is fantastic I really can’t fault it at all. The staff are brilliant and management always help with anything I ring up about. My son has come on so much since being here and my daughter will soon be joining. I couldn’t recommend this nursery enough.

      Alex W


      The staff at the nursery are all excellent within their roles. They are very good at answering any questions relating to my grandchild and any concerns I may have. My grandchild is always happy at nursery and I can check on his progress on the parent app. He is an only child so nursery is helping him with social skills and building his confidence. I know I can telephone the staff with any questions and they will be answered. I am impressed with their website as it shows every member of staff and also the qualifications they have and their expertise within their roles. I would highly recommend this nursery as I am very happy with everyone I have come into contact with. The staff are adhering to all guidelines relating to Covid-19 and everyone entering the building has to wear a face mask.

        Jennifer C


        My four-year-old daughter has just left the nursery for school. She has been here since she was a baby and has loved every minute of being here. She has loved the friendly staff, they have put lots of love and attention into my daughter.

          E I


          My daughter has been coming here since she was eight months old. She is now three and absolutely loves it. It's a fantastic nursery and the staff are fantastic. I would recommend the nursery to anyone. My little boy will be starting when I go back to work also.

            Anna W