All Ofsted registered childcare providers must ensure they are meeting the following statutory requirements regarding inclusive practice:
Early Years Foundation Stage (Statutory Framework for the EYFS March 2014):
- Must have arrangements in place to identify and support children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) or disabilities;
- Must have regard to the SEN Code of Practice;
- Must have a member of staff identified as SENCo.
The SEN Code of Practice 0-25 (2014) identifies the need for all Ofsted registered childcare providers to:
- Have a clear approach to identifying and responding to SEN, i.e. identifying need at the earliest point and then making effective provision to improve long term outcomes;
- Be alert to emerging difficulties and respond early;
- Listen and understand parent's concerns about their child's development;
- Regularly review and evaluate the support they offer to children with SEN and/or disability.
All Ofsted registered childcare providers have duties under the Equality Act 2010:
- They must not discriminate against, harass or victimise disabled children;
- They must make reasonable adjustments, including the provision of aids and services, to prevent disabled children from being put at substantial disadvantage.
Ofsted inspections for registered childcare provision focus on how well individual children benefit from their childcare experience. Inspectors will observe how well the provider helps all children to make effective progress, especially those who needs or circumstances require additional support. This may include children who have special educational needs and/or disabilities.
Inspectors will also consider the effectiveness of partnerships with parents and external agencies that help to secure appropriate intervention for children to receive the support they need.
Families should contact their preferred childcare provider for further information.