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Marston Vale Middle School

Who’s on the SEND Team?
The SEND Team at MVM involves everybody. Every teacher and member of staff is responsible for ensuring pupils with SEND have a positive learning experience and make progress.

The day to day leadership and management of SEND across the school has been charged to the SENDCo, who works closely with parents, pupils, teachers, support staff and external agencies.

Everyone on the team is recognised for being skilled, hardworking and committed to placing pupils’ aspirations at the heart of everything we do.

Our approach
We value pupils as individuals and want them to feel safe and supported to enable them to be confident and to flourish regardless of their special needs or differences. This is vital for them to grow up to lead happy, healthy and successful lives. Our aim is to prepare them for adulthood.

How we achieve this
Provision for pupils with SEND begins with high quality first teaching. At MVM we have clearly recorded our core offer. Thereafter, we collaboratively decide on appropriate provision that is ‘additional to and different from’.

In collaboration with parents, governors and the community we aim to provide an accessible curriculum by removing barriers to learning and addressing needs.

At Marston Middle School we value individuals, welcome diversity and believe in achievement, ambition and progress for all pupils. In order to do this, many steps are taken to support pupil through their learning journey. Quality first teaching is vital; however for some pupil there are occasions when further additional support may be needed to help them achieve their potential.
There is an emphasis on early identification of needs through supportive and preventative strategies which reduce barriers to learning.

We work in a flexible way to develop effective partnerships with pupil and their parents/carers, staff and external agencies to ensure that the school can meet a broad range of special educational needs and foster a culture of lifelong learning and independent living skills for all pupil.

01234 768224

Monkey Puzzle Day Nursery

Monkey Puzzle Day Nursery offers child care from 7.30am – 6.30 pm, Monday to Friday for children 6 weeks old to 5 years. Sessions run from 7.30am – 1pm and 1pm to 6.30 pm.

The nursery is situated in a residential area within walking distance of Bedford town centre and train station. The building was formally a doctor’s surgery, with a large car park and 2 entrances into the building. There is a large ramp to both entrances to enable wheel chair access.

The rooms are split into 3 age groups, the babies being a self-contained unit with a sleep room upstairs and their own garden which is accessible to the babies by a ramp.

The toddler room is large with many rooms to allow free flow and a sensory room for all children to access. The pre-school is made up of 2 rooms; the smaller room is used for literacy and maths small group work to prepare children for school. The larger room allows children to choose what activities they participate in and free flow into the garden. The parents have a separate entrance to the Pre-school room by the way of a doorbell which is lower enough for the children to ring themselves.

01234 930282

Oakley Pre-School

We are a committee run, village pre-school providing sessional day care to families in Oakley and surrounding North Beds villages for children aged between two years and four and a half years. We are a charity and we provide childcare within the hours and days stated above.

Our sessions are free flow (children can choose to learn inside or outside) and we like to take as much advantage as possible of our wonderful outdoor environment.

We offer child initiated and adult led activities throughout the day. We provide a healthy snack, morning and afternoon and the children bring a packed lunch for lunch time.

01234 826452

Overdale Tots

We are a nursery unit providing places for children aged 2 years to 4+ who help promote children’s development through learning and play.

Typical activities are sand and water play, crafting activities (sticking gluing painting), music and dance and role play. We encourage all children to use both indoor and outdoor spaces and a favourite area is our mud kitchen.

We operate daily, Monday to Friday, during school term times from 8am until 6pm.

01234 327247

Pinchmill Pre-School

We provide excellent facilities in a family friendly environment and take children from the villages of Felmersham, Radwell, Pavenham, Milton Ernest and other outlying villages. Children from Bedford and Rushden also attend as spaces allow. There is ramp access to the building and there is a toilet for the disabled.

The Pre-School is a registered charity and run by an elected committee which ensures that major decisions making is in the hands of the parents who use the group.

We offer both indoor and outdoor activities to ensure we meet the needs of all of our children. The close proximity to Pinchmill Lower School enables us to enjoy a close relationship with them and benefit from many of its facilities.

We provide some adult led activities but many are initiated by the children and supported by staff. This ensures a real focus to their learning in an exploratory way. At the end of each session we all come together for group time.

Pinchmill Pre-School offers your child individual care and attention made possible by a high ratio of adults to children. We value the uniqueness of each child and plan activities to meet everyone's needs and abilities. A key person is allocated to each child and is responsible for ensuring their well-being and monitoring their progress on an ongoing basis, including termly meetings with parents. We liaise with other agencies/professionals as and when a need arises.

We aim to ensure that each child:

● is in a safe and stimulating environment;
● is given generous care and attention, because of our ratio of qualified staff to children;
● has the chance to join in with other children and adults to live, play, work and learn together;
● is helped to take forward her/his learning and development by being helped to build on what she/he already knows and can do;
● has a personal key person who makes sure each child makes satisfying progress;
● is in a setting that sees parents as partners in helping each child to learn and develop; and
● is in a setting in which parents help to shape the service it offers.

01234 781371

Putnoe Woods Pre School

Putnoe Woods is committed to celebrating all children and their families in a safe and enabling environment. As Early Years Educators we are committed to support all children to build the foundations for success in later life.

Putnoe Woods is a fully inclusive Early Years setting which offers childcare to children aged 12 months - 5 years old (We start offering places for 12 months + from 13th April 2015). We are a very welcoming team in a warm and friendly atmosphere and welcome everybody irrespective of race, religion, belief, educational needs and disability.

We offer 3 play rooms, a sensory room and a newly equipped all weather garden area. All children are given the opportunity and encouragement to learn through play, have fun, discover new experiences and explore. Our enabling environments also inspire curiosity and opportunity for individuals to follow dreams and capture their own interests.

As Early Years Educators we support all the children to develop confidence, independence and the opportunity to reach their full potential. As all children are individuals we at Putnoe Woods observe and assess individual capabilities and development at the child's pace, tracking their development and identifying their needs.

At Putnoe Woods we employ 2 Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Officers who are key persons to our children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Our SEND Officers foster close relationships with both the child and their family as to ensure individual needs are supported and met. As a pre school we also have excellent relationships with the Child Development Centre and our local feeder schools whom welcome well supported transition visits.

01234 267832

Ravensden Lower Pre-School

Ravensden Lower Pre-school is based at Ravensden Lower Church of England School sharing leadership, values and ethos with the school. It offers a very good education, care and nurture for all children aged from 2 to 4+ year olds. The setting thrives under the excellent guidance of a dedicated, creative and inspirational staff under the leadership of the Pre-school Leader & SENDCO, Mrs Meikle.

Children well-looked after in our inclusive Pre-school where we celebrate the fact that each and every child is unique and that every child is different. Children with SEND are assessed by Pre-school staff on entry through first meeting with parent(s) and their child at home; then observing and listening to the child on their visits to the setting and enquiring about the child’s developmental journey from birth.

The Pre-school staff with support from Mrs North the Headteacher, who is also the school’s SENDCO, as well as Bedford Borough’s Early Years SEND Team ensure that we meet each child’s individual needs. We offer 1:1 care for those with an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) and will liaise frequently with parents, all other agencies so that our provision meets a child’s needs. We will carry out programmes of therapy: e.g. Physiotherapy; Speech and language under the direction of the specialist agencies.

The new purpose built Pre-school has disabled toilet facilities; is fully accessible to all children being on a level site with its own garden, large canopy (with artificial grass for wet days), a flat tarmac area for bikes, as well as a huge school field with hedgerows and wooded copse. We are well resourced both in and outdoors with plenty of construction, play apparatus, games, toys, books and have access to the school’s facilities too.

Children with SEND will have a named person responsible for their care and education with the appropriate support of trained staff to lead their play. The Pre-school provides a stimulating and creative learning environment both indoors and outdoors following the Early Years curriculum There are very close links between the setting and parents with ‘come and play’ sessions by invitation to groups of parents, open mornings, themed celebrations as well as regular opportunities for parents to consult staff about their child’s needs and progress towards the early learning goals.

The Pre-school and reception class in the main School have frequent joint activities, close links as well as joint training sessions to ensure the children in Pre-School benefit from a wide range of teaching and learning opportunities. It also enables children in Pre-school to transfer to the Lower School with ease as they are very familiar with the Reception classroom and staff as well as the common ‘Values’ ethos.

01234 771316

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