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Pinvin Community Preschool

Nurturing hearts and minds on a path of possibilities

Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEN/D)

All children are unique and develop holistically and at different rates.  

Sometimes children need some additional support to achieve the best possible outcomes and to become confident young children with the growing ability to communicate their own views and make the transition into compulsory education.

The recent COVID-19 pandemic has effected children in ways we may not yet realise. We are here to support you and your child by providing the very best care and support at this important time.


Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO)

Hi my name is Tracey and I am the settings SENCO. I have a proven career in speech and language which is my specialism within my role. As SENCO my role is to 

  • ensure all practitioners in the setting understand their responsibilities to children with SEND and the setting’s approach to identifying and meeting SEND needs
  • advising and supporting colleagues
  • ensuring parents are closely involved throughout and that their insights inform action taken by the setting
  • liaising with professionals or agencies beyond the setting. 

Drop in Sessions for advice and support for parents/carers

Pop in to meet with Tracey the second and fourth Wednesday of the month.

Time slots morning: 9.15 -10.15am and 10.30 - 11.30am

Time slots afternoon: 1-2pm and 2-3pm

No need to book just pop along for an informal chat, or for tips on ideas you can use to support your child at home.

Here to help

If we feel that a child may need some additional support to progress, we follow a number of steps to enhance our offering within our day to day practice:​

  • We observe the child a little more closely and identify if there is a genuine concern​.
  • We change our approaches, perhaps our past approaches haven’t been engaging to your child​?
  • We share our thoughts amongst the team of educators and see if we all share similar concerns.​
  • We talk to you: What are your thoughts? Do you have any worries or concerns regarding your child? Does your child respond differently at home? What works well for you?​
  • We begin a more formal style of tracking (Early Support Document) that identifies smaller progressions between the stages listed in the Early Years Outcomes guidance – this provides factual information that we can discuss with you. We might at this stage ask advice from our local inclusion team or area special educational needs co-ordinator.

Our SEND Provision

A Graduated Response Model

Graduated Response level 1

If our observations and discussions with you suggest your child could benefit from additional support, they with your consent will be placed on the settings provision map. The expectation is that children receiving support at this level will catch-up through additional time with educators. Normal support would be to work 1-2-1 or in small groups, once a week focusing on fun activities to meet your child’s development need. Children at this level may be waiting to see a specialist for further advice. Minor adjustments to routines or to physical environment may be made. We monitor progress on a 6 weekly basis or sooner if targets are achieved.​

Graduated Response 2

If a child continues to make little or no progress and there is evidence the child is falling further behind age related expectations, we will seek the support of external agencies who will provide strategies and interventions for working with your child. Support would include two 1-2-1 or small group sessions a week using advice from an external agency. Monitoring moves to a more detailed Individual Provision Map (IPM) with targets reviewed 6 weekly (or sooner if met).​

Graduated Response 3

When a child is further behind age related expectations than Level 2 or a child has sensory or physical needs that require additional specialist equipment or regular advice or visits by a specialist agency. A minimum of two interventions will take place per week. Meetings with professional agencies will occur regularly to ensure a consistent approach and strategies will be reviewed for effectiveness. Progress continues to be monitored through the child's IPM.​ Additional funding will be received by the setting to provide addtional staffing and/or resources.

Graduated Response 4

Children at this level have complex needs and may be known to multiple agencies. ​Children will be offered specialist provision either at a specialist nursery or language unit on a full-time or shared basis. Progress continues to be monitored through the child's IPM.

Preschool Forum

If your child has a special educational need they may be referred to a pre-school forum. These forums meet in Kidderminster, Redditch, Worcester and Evesham and will discuss the needs of your child.

The jobs of the forum are:

  • to bring together key local professionals and agencies with you and your child
  • to clarify the nature of your child’s special educational needs by using a variety of different assessments carried out by lots of different professionals
  • to identify and plan for any children who may need extra Early Years provision
  • to help send information to the school your child will be going to; to make sure they have a smooth transition from pre-school to school
  • to identify any children with severe and complex special educational needs who may need an Education, Health and Care Plan or extra support when they start school.

Preschool Forum

Worcestershire Children First

Worcestershire Children First is responsible for the delivery of services to children and young people across Worcestershire. The company is 100% owned by Worcestershire County Council and delivers its children’s services on behalf of the local authority working with partners across the county to ensure children, young people and families receive the best possible service. Responsible for: Children’s Social Care, Education, Early Help, SEND and Foster Care. 

Children  First


The SEND Information, Advice and Support Service covering Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

SENDIASS has a dedicated team of advisors offering legally-based and easily accessible information and advice about special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

They support parents, carers, children and young people with SEND and their service is impartial and confidential.