Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)


At Shepperton Pre-School we:


  • Gather as much information as possible about your child and family from you, the expert on your child! This includes asking every family to complete a Child Profile.
  • Ask you for any additional information that might be available from other professionals already involved with your child’s care, for example, your Health Visitor, or a Speech and Language Therapist.
  • Introduce you to your child’s Key Person on the first day. They will support your child as they settle into the routine of preschool, and they will observe and record their achievements and their progress by way of a ‘Learning Journey’.
  • Share the Learning Journey with you and your child at every opportunity.
  • Use our observations and records, based upon the areas of learning and development specified in the Early Years Foundation Stage framework (EYFS); including the two year check when applicable; to plan for your child, and assess the possible need for additional support.
  • Discuss with you the role of our SENDCO (Special Educational Needs & Disability Co-ordinator) in taking the first steps towards providing additional support.
  • Involve you, as parents, at every step of the way.
  • Provide you with access to all of our policies and procedures e.g. Administering Medication; Achieving Positive Behaviour; Safeguarding.
  • If necessary, create an Surrey Support Plan (SSP) that outlines the desired outcomes for your child; plots the route to achieving them; and includes your actions and involvement.
  • Explain how this might be done within our 'Enhanced Provision'
  • If more is needed than we can provide within our Enhanced Provision, we access inclusion grants and other available funding to provide additional support; staffing and resources.
  • Use the Early Help network if help is needed from other professionals outside our provision to support your family.
  • Work closely with any other agencies, such as Occupational Therapy, that may become involved.
  • Have a high proportion of staff qualified to level 3 or above, and constantly update knowledge by means of relevant training.
  • Have several members of the team with significant experience working with children with additional needs.
  • Work closely with our local childrens' centre to support families.
  • Communicate with new settings or schools (or previous settings) to facilitate a smooth transition into preschool, and when going to school.
  • Maintain confidentiality at all times.


Surrey County Council's Local Offer can be found by clicking on this link.