Special Educational Needs (SEND)

“Creating an inclusive environment where all children thrive.”




At Cleator Moor Nursery School, we embrace the fact that every child is different, and, therefore, the educational needs of every child are different; this is certainly the case for children with Special Educational Needs. As an inclusive school we cater for children with all kinds of needs.


We are currently supporting children with Autism, Speech and Language Delay and children with a variety of health needs. In the past we have supported children with Hearing impairments, Visual impairments, Global Developmental Delay, Cerebral Palsy and Behavioural Difficulties.


As a maintained Nursery School we follow policies and procedures in accordance with Cumbria Local Authority guidelines- more information on The Local Offer from Cumbria LA is at the bottom of this page.


If you would like to speak to a member of staff about your child's needs please contact either Mrs Lisa Wilson the school SENCO or Mrs Beverley Prescott the Nursery Teacher on 01946 811189 or by e-mailing on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Our Governor with Responsibility for SEND is Mr Michael Eldon.



SEND Information Report 2020-21


How does the school know if children/young people need additional help?

There are some children who are identified as having additional needs that cannot be met through classroom differentiation. These children have needs which would require support. There are a range of ways in which these needs can be identified such as:

  • Concerns raised by parents/carers
  • Concerns raised by nursery staff
  • Concerns raised by previous childcare or educational provision
  • If a child is working well below national expectations
  • Concerns or a diagnosis made by health care staff or external agencies


What should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs?

If you are concerned about your child and think they may need extra help you can talk to the class teacher and other teaching staff in Nursery or you can see Mrs Wilson, the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENCo).


How will school staff support my child?

If your child has been identified as having additional needs they will require a SEND Support Plan that will record information about your child and their long and short term outcomes in order to help them make progress. The class teacher and the SENCo will meet with you to agree on targets for your child in order to help them progress at Cleator Moor Nursery and to complete a SEND Support Plan. The targets will relate to your child’s specific needs and will be shared with staff working with your child. The SENCo and class teacher will also take into account information and advice given to them from external agencies and if professionals from the healthcare sector or Social Care are involved with your child they will be asked to contribute to the SEND Support Plan.


How will I know how my child is doing?

The short term outcomes on the SEND Support Plan will be reviewed at least termly, but can be reviewed before this if a child has already achieved a target to ensure your child continues to make good progress. You will be invited to regular review meetings to discuss the progress your child has made, both at school and at home. You will have a parent/carer appointment once a term to discuss your child’s progress with the Keyworker and class teacher. Staff will share information about your child with you on a daily basis when you drop off or pick up your child. We operate an open door policy at Cleator Moor Nursery School, so if you have any questions regarding your child’s progress please ask to see a member of staff.


How will the learning and development provision be matched to my child’s needs?

The school is a single storey building with easy access, the open plan layout means there is plenty of space and there are no steps which aids access. Staff at Cleator Moor Nursery School are skilled in planning activities that will be suitable to meet a range of abilities and needs. Staff will adapt provision and learning opportunities in order to follow advice given to them from other professionals, these will be written in to your child’s IEP / Step by Step plans. If your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan then the objectives from this will be met within the nursery setting.


What support will there be for my child’s overall well-being?

We have close links with the Health Visitor and can make direct referrals to the Community Paediatrician, Audiology and Speech and Language Therapy. We welcome support and advice from these professionals to meet the needs of the children and include them in ‘Team around the Child’ meetings that we arrange with parents. Staff continually monitor children’s well-being as a whole school approach and complete observations that specifically involve recording a child’s well being. Your child will have a key worker who will monitor their well-being and will ensure there are activities that are fun and accessible to them. Specific attention is given to evacuation procedures for children with disabilities- this is documented in the Fire Risk Assessment.


What if my child has medical needs?

If your child has medical needs then a Care plan will be put in place with support from a health visitor and other professionals from the healthcare sector in consultation with parents/carers. If your child requires medication to be administered during the nursery session then a consent form will need to be completed. All Keyworkers are trained in Paediatric First Aid and have received epi-pen training. Additional training will be sought as necessary.


What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the school?

We are able to access support from a variety of services, such as the Early Years SENCo, Foundation Stage Advisory Teachers, Speech and Language Therapists and Educational Psychologists. We can make direct referrals to the Community Paediatrician (Child Development Centre -Footsteps), Speech and Language Therapy and Audiology and the Early Years Support Team. We also have close links with Howgill Children’s Centre who offer a range of additional support packages and have a sensory room which we can use. We are able to give advice about support groups or other agencies that could support you and your child.


What training have the staff, supporting children and young people with SEND had or are having?

The staff at Cleator Moor Nursery have vast experience of working with children with a range of additional and complex needs. They have attended a variety of courses and have received support and advice from external professionals. During this year staff have attended SAYS Training for Autism, PECs Training for communication and language development and have visited the local special school spending time in the Nursery / Reception Unit. Where necessary appropriate training will be sought in the future as the need arises and staff will be kept up to date with new policies and legislation via staff meetings led by the SENCo.


How will you help me to support my child’s learning?

Regular meetings will be held with the class teacher and/or SENCo to discuss what you can do at home to support your child with their targets as well as wider learning opportunities. Your child’s key worker / class teacher will be able to give you ideas on how to support your child’s learning at home. We have resources which you can use at home, such as borrowing a wide variety of books to take home to read and talk about.


How will you support my child’s transition to Primary School?                                                      

Cleator Moor Nursery School works closely with other schools and providers to provide a smooth transition for all children including those with SEN. Primary School  Reception staff / Senco are invited to attend meetings held in the summer term before the child starts Primary School the following September. Reception teachers from the schools children are transitioning to are invited to Nursery to meet the children and discuss their individual needs and progress with their Keyworker and Nursery Teacher. If a child has been identified as needing additional support an extra meeting is organised where the Senco’s of the two schools will meet. A transition plan is put in place which may include additional visits to the new school supported by staff from Cleator Moor Nursery School.


How will we support a child joining our school?

The arrangements for the admission of SEND pupils are:

  • We will meet with parents to discuss the needs of their child and to prepare for a well-planned transition for the child, which begins with a Home Visit - we can provide photo books if necessary for pupils and their families to familiarise themselves with the school
  • If the child has attended/ attends another early years setting, we will liaise with the previous/ current SENCO to ensure we know what support or special arrangements are needed for the child
  • We will work alongisde multi-agency partners to support all needs the child has; part of this will be considering the child's needs regarding access and mobility around the school
  • We will arrange transition visits if necessary to ensure that a child is confident with their move and our SENCO will attend any meetings relevent to the child 
  • Prior to the child joining our school, we will undertake health and safety risk assessment, provide staff with any necessary training and ensure our school environment and resources are fully accessible
  • Our school site is fully accessible to children with all levels of mobility, allowing freedom of movement and access to all areas of school (both indoor and outdoor) for children using wheelchairs, walkers and other mobility aids 

Support for parents and carers of children and young people with SEND

If parents and carers feel they would like some impartial information, advice or support on any issues relating to their children’s special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), they can contact the Cumbria SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) who can offer a range of support. We will help parents, carers and young people to prepare for meetings with schools or the local authority and practically support them at the meetings in an appropriate and impartial manner. We can also signpost to other relevant support networks.

For more information on SENDIASS and how to find support, please click on this link: https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/childrensservices/schoolsandlearning/ils/parentpartnership/default.asp


Where can I get further information?        

Further information can be found on the Cumbria County Council website where our Local Offer outlines further support and services that are available for Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Cumbria's Local Offer


For further information please see our Special Educational Needs Policy. Information on our inclusive practice is also available in our Access Plan and our policy for Equality of Opportunity. You can find all of these policies on our Policies page.


If you require any additional information please contact the Nursery School office on 01946 811189.


"A has had 1:1 support. His needs were identified in week 1 of him starting nursery. Staff have been excellent.”

Parent Feedback 


"I had concerns regarding D’s speech I spoke to Mrs Wilson, who referred him to speech therapy. Also implemented extra 1:1."

Parent Feedback 


"Her speech and language has improved greatly during her time in nursery.” 

Parent Feedback

About Us

Cleator Moor Nursery School
Ennerdale Road
Cleator Moor
CA25 5LW

Telephone Number: : 01946 811189

Email: admin@cleatormoor.cumbria.sch.uk

Open Hours


Visits to our school are always welcome. Please contact Ms Claire Southward in the school office to make an appointment.

Our opening times are:

Monday - Friday 8:15am - 4:30pm (term time only)