Children with Additional Needs
CUHP is aware that some children have additional needs and/or physical disabilities that require particular support and assistance. We are committed to taking appropriate action to make sure that all children are able to access our services, made to feel welcome, and that our activities promote their welfare and development.
CUHP is committed to the inclusion of all children in its care. CUHP also believes that children with additional needs and/or physical disabilities have a right to play, learn and be able to develop to their full potential alongside other children. Whenever possible, children with additional needs and/or physical disabilities will have access to the same facilities, activities and play opportunities as their peers.
Everybody stands to gain if all children are allowed to share the same opportunities and are helped to overcome any disadvantages that they may face.
The policies, procedures and practices of CUHP in relation to children with additional needs and/or physical disabilities are consistent with current legislation and guidance.
CUHP believes that by identifying individual needs and taking proactive steps alongside parents and other professionals/agencies, all children should be able to play a full, active and equal part in CUHP's activities.
SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator)
CUHP will designate a SENCo, who will manage provisions for children with special educational needs and/or physical disabilities. The SENCo will be fully trained and experienced in the care and assessment of such children. Advice and guidance will be sought from the nominated Inclusion Team.
Playworkers will assist the SENCo in caring for children with additional needs and/or physical disabilities. The SENCo ensures that:
- Playworkers are aware of legislation, regulations and other guidance on working with children with additional needs and/or physical disabilities.
- Playworkers who work with children with additional needs/physical disabilities have skills/training.
- Monitoring and reviews of children's progress is regular; involving parents, other member of Playwork staff, relevant representatives from statutory agencies and, if appropriate, the child themselves.
- Each child's specific needs are assessed and CUHP's facilities, procedures, practices and activities are adapted as appropriate.
- Children with additional needs and/or physical disability are fully considered when planning activities are.
- Liaison with parents about the needs of their children and the plans and actions of CUHP take place, as well as being the point of contact for parents.
- Liaison with other agencies takes place and seeking advice, support and training is sought for themselves and other Playworkers as necessary.
- Playworkers are supported to become more skilled and experienced in the care of children with additional needs and/or physical disabilities.
- All children are treated with equal concern and respect and are encouraged to take part in all activities.
- Accurate observations of how the child or young person uses the play space are used to reflect on practice and improve access for all.
- The child or young person is fully consulted and independence is encouraged when possible. Consideration will always be given to the dignity and choice of the individual and where necessary Playworkers will seek strategies to enable good communication at all times.
Policy reviewed 21 December 2011.