Local Offer

The local offer provides information on what services children, young people and their families can expect from a range of local agencies, including education, health and social care. Knowing what is out there gives you more choice and therefore more control over what support is right for your child.

The local offer provides information on a number of things, including:

    • Special educational provision;
    • Health provision;
    • Social care provision
    • Other educational provision;
    • Training provision;
    • Travel arrangements for children and young people to schools, colleges and early years education; and
    • Preparing for adulthood, including housing, employment and leisure opportunities.

What does Little Footprints offer?

    • Little Footprints is located in the heart of Thundersley. The area hosts three schools within walking distance, mainstream and moderate learning difficulties.
    • Children attend Little Footprints from 3 months to 5 years with a Breakfast & Afterschool Club catering up to the age of 11.
    • A board of governors have overall responsibility of the school.
    • A key person is allocated for each child and their families.
    • We value the abilities and achievements of all pupils, and are committed to providing for each child the best possible environment for learning.
    • The nursery achieved Excellent Customer Service Southend 2012 Business Award.

At Little Footprints we already strive to go the extra mile for our parents by providing them with as much information as possible to inform them day to day. It is our aim that all children, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress at nursery.

Accessibility and Inclusion

    • The staff at Little Footprints are all trained and qualified to a high standard, as well as being in charge of a particular area, allowing them to co-ordinate and maintain a role within the nursery. Victoria Hazael is our Senco who is experienced in many areas of educational needs to ensure parents have the help and answers to help support them.
    • We follow the principles of Early Support and will implement Early steps making sure children that require extra help receive it.
    • All practitioners at Little Footprints monitor the progress of every child, with a parent friendly way of communicating this process.
    • There is a key system in place where a small group of children are looked after by a qualified practitioner.
    • The management team who include Deborah Potts, Clive Howell & Cheryl Howell are responsible for all aspects of the nursery and ensuring we are supplied with keeping up to date with relevant legislation.
    • Outside agencies are always welcome to ensure the easy flow of communication between a group of professionals, regarding the child/ren at Little Footprints.
    • The Area Senco is often liaising with the nursery Senco, giving support and answering questions on the parent’s behalf.
    • The building is on one level and accessible to wheelchair users. All doorways and entrances to the nursery are wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair if necessary.
    • There are accessible parking spaces available for staff and disabled persons.
    • Disabled toilets are available for wheelchair users should the need arise.
    • Information is available on Little Footprints website and Facebook page, in addition to notice boards and newsletters.
    • The nursery has all required policies and guidance in place.
    • For parents whose first language is not English the nursery will seek to provide an interpreter to attend meetings and letters and get policies translated.
    • Furniture is modern and of a suitable height appropriate to the age group of children attending nursery.

Early intervention

    • Ongoing assessment is an integral part of the learning and development process within the nursery, the key person observes the children, responding appropriately to support their progress towards the early learning goals. All interactions are used to identify additional needs and offer or signpost to the help required.
    • If a child’s progress is cause for concern the Key Person would raise the issue with management and discuss this with the parents-before initiating outside agencies.
    • Additional advice may be sought from outside agencies, such as the speech and language therapist, health visitors, educational psychologist.
    • Daily observations by the key Person inform termly assessments, which are used to target areas for development and plan for individual needs.

Further information

    • For further information please contact the management team at the nursery, who are always pleased to discuss with parents any concerns they may have.
    • Your child’s Key Person will always be happy to listen and discuss any problems or concerns whether the beginning or end of the nursery day or should you require privacy we recommend organising a pre-booked appointment at your convenience.
    • We have an open door policy at the nursery and are always delighted to talk to parents.