Special Education Needs (SEN)

We offer a warm, welcoming and friendly environment to all children. 


Our policy:


  • We have regard for the DFES Special Educational Needs Code of Practice.
  • We work to include all children in our provision.
  • We provide practitioners to help support parents and children with special educational needs (SEN)/disabilities.
  • We identify the specific needs of children with SEN/disabilities and meet those needs through a range of strategies working alongside parents and other agencies
  • We work in partnership with parents and other agencies in meeting individual children's needs.
  • We monitor and review our practice and provision and, if necessary, make adjustments.
  • We treat each child as a unique individual


  • We designate a member of staff to be Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO). The named SENCO at Laceby Acres is Toni Bennett and the SENCO for Riverside is Hannah Gregory
  • We ensure that the provision for children with SEN/disabilities is the responsibility of all members of the setting.
  • We ensure that our inclusive admissions practice ensures equality of access and opportunity.
  • We ensure that our physical environment is as far as possible suitable for children with disabilities.
  • We work closely with parents of children with SEN/disabilities to create and maintain a positive partnership.
  • We ensure that parents are informed at all stages of the assessment, planning, provision and review of their children's education.
  • We provide parents with information on sources of independent advice and support.
  • We seek permission from parents to liaise with outside agencies in order to gain support and advice for children appropriate to their needs
  • We liaise with other professionals involved with children with SEN/disabilities and their families, including transfer arrangements to other settings and schools.
  • We have knowledge of completing Early Help Assessments and applying for external funding to further support children
  • We use the graduated response system for identifying, assessing and responding to children's special educational needs.
  • We provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all children with SEN/disabilities.
  • We provide a differentiated curriculum to meet individual needs and abilities.
  • We use a system of planning, implementing, monitoring, evaluating and reviewing individual learning plans (ILP’s) for children with SEN/disabilities.
  • We ensure that children with SEN/disabilities are appropriately involved at all stages of the graduated response, taking into account their levels of ability.
  • We use a system for keeping records of the assessment, planning, provision and review for children with SEN/disabilities.
  • We provide resources (human and financial) to implement our SEN/disability Policy.
  • We ensure the privacy of children with SEN/disabilities when intimate care is being provided.
  • We provide training for practitioners and volunteers.
  • We raise awareness of any speciality the setting has to offer, e.g. Makaton trained staff.

We ensure the effectiveness of our SEN/disability provision by collecting information from a range of sources e.g. ILP reviews, staff and management meetings, parental and external agencies views, inspections and complaints.  This information is collated, evaluated and reviewed annually. 



Local Authority Information.


SEND Local Offer
Find local information, events and training, and regular updates relating to SEND on the Council’s SEND Local Offer website.
NELC SEND Local Offer | Home (nelincs.gov.uk)
We develop this website in conjunction with everyone who uses it. To work with us on the website please contact Lauren Thompson, SEND Local Offer Engagement Coordinator and Communications Officer at lauren.thompson2@nelincs.gov.uk.

NELCouncil’s SEND parent carer Newsletter
The Local Authority’s SEND Team compile regular updates about SEND in their newsletter that goes out weekly during term time.
NELC SEND Local Offer | SEND Newsletter (nelincs.gov.uk)

This is shared to all schools, or you can sign up to the mailing list by emailing Lauren Thompson, SEND Local Offer Coordinator at sendlocaloffer@nelincs.gov.uk

SENDIASS North East Lincolnshire is a free service for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and their parents and carers. It’s impartial and we give confidential information, advice and support in relation to special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and related health and social care matters.

Learn more about how SENDIASS can help you. SENDIASS – NELC (nelsendiass.org.uk)



The North East Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum is a collective group of parents passionate about driving positive change. Our aim is to be a true representation of the voices of parent carers of children with additional needs and disabilities. We strive to have a positive impact on the planning and provision of services and decision making for the families of North East Lincolnshire- now, and in the future.

Get involved with NELPCF’s activities:

NELPCF website

NELPCF Facebook


Delivering Better Value in SEND
The Delivering Better Value in SEND programme (DBV in SEND) is aiming to support local authorities and their local area partners to improve the delivery of SEND services for children and young people whilst working towards financial sustainability.

To stay up to date with the programmes progress please visit NELC SEND Local Offer | Delivering Better Value in SEND (nelincs.gov.uk).


Telephone numbers:

Precious Times

Riverside: 01472 340800


Precious Times

Laceby Acres: 01472 872143

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