Salary: £20,800 - £23,000 per annum
Location: All nurseries
We are seeking a full-time (40 hours) qualified Early Years practitioner to work at Holly Bank Nursery, Edgerton, Huddersfield with Lead SENCO role as an extra responsibility. SEND experience essential, qualification desirable. Must be available to work between the hours of 7.30am and 6.00pm and hold a relevant childcare qualification. This is not for a "school hour" or term-time vacancy. Health & Social Care qualifications not accepted. Supernumerary time will be given for the Lead SENCO responsibility: The Lead Special Education Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) is responsible for overseeing the day to day operation of the company’s Special Educational Needs / Inclusion Policy to ensure that children with Special Educational Needs are fully included into the early years setting. To work with the Nursery Managers, designated SENCOs and colleagues to determine the development of the SEN policy and provision in the nursery in order to provide inclusive care for all children and raise the achievement of children with SEN. To be supportive and approachable with an understanding and empathy for children with SEN. To have a passion and commitment to improving the care and education we provide.
- Ensure the nursery has regard to the Code of Practice.
- Be responsible for ensuring an SEN / Inclusion Policy is in place and that the Policy is put into practice.
- Ensure that the Policy is reviewed annually.
- Supporting the identification of children with special educational needs.
- Take the lead in assessments of children with SEN, tracking and monitoring the progress of children with SEND, including their strengths and areas for development.
- Plan with colleagues in line with EYFS Guidance to develop the child's skills, supporting and advising Key Workers in how to include children’s needs in the setting.
- Co-ordinating and developing high quality provision for children with SEN.
- Keep appropriate and up to date records which are regularly reviewed and monitored.
- Ensure appropriate Individual Education Programmes (IEPs) are in place and regularly monitored and reviewed.
- Ensuring there is high quality teaching and intervention for children with SEND
- Ensure background information is collected, recorded and updated from parents and other professionals, for example Health and Social Services.
- Willingness to develop own professional knowledge and attend SEN Training courses and disseminate back to colleagues.
- Attend new SEN initiatives as they become available.
- Attend SENCO Network meetings.
- Liaise with colleagues and managers as appropriate, leading at SENCO meetings
- Liaise with professionals, Health Visitors, Advisory Teacher, Speech and Language Therapists, Area SENCO etc.
- Liaise with parents, ensuring they are closely involved throughout and that their insights inform action taken by the setting, maintaining good relationships and keeping them informed about their child’s progress.
- Advising and supporting other practitioners across the settings.
- Planning future support for colleagues, seeking opportunities for other SENCOs to experience liaising with outside agencies and other professionals.
- Model outstanding practice, reflecting and developing continually