Ordinarily Available

This sets out a common set of expectations about the provision and practice that is expected in all Early Years settings, mainstream schools and Post 16 providers for children and young people with SEND. It is what a young person, parent/carer or family can expect to be “normally” or “ordinarily” available to their child without the need for involving specialist support. For more info please visit SEND - Ordinarily Available (essex.gov.uk)

Speech, Language and Communication 

Speech, Language and Communication are vital to your child’s development and provides a good foundation for learning, reading and writing. It helps your child develop friendships, communicate their needs and make sense of the world around them.

Parents/carers can help this by being a good role model and by providing stimulation.

For more ideas and more information please click on the links below:

Talk, Listen, Cuddle Essex County Council    Home - TLC (tlc-essex.info)

The Communication Trust I Can website I CAN, the children's communication charity

Speech Teach UK Speech Therapy Resources : Speech and Language Therapy Ideas and Downloads (speechteach.co.uk)

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities


The purpose of a Local Offer is to enable parents/carers to clearly see what services are available for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in their area and how to access them. The following questions and answers detail our Local Offer and how we provide for children with SEND

How does Little Doves Christian Pre-school know if a child needs extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs or disabilities?

How will you as a setting support my child?

How will Little Doves Christian Pre-School create learning and development opportunities for individual children with SEND?

How does Little Doves Christian Pre-School work in partnership with parents/carers?

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

What staff training and experience in supporting young children with SEND is available at Little Doves Christian Pre-School?

What specialist services and expertise can you inform me about?

How will my child be included in activities outside Little Doves Christian Pre-School including trips?

How accessible is the pre-school environment?

How will Little Doves Christian Pre-School prepare and support my child to join the setting/transfer to school?

How are Little Doves Christian Pre-School resources allocated and matched to children's special educational needs or disabilities?

How does Little Doves Christian Pre-School decide on appropriate support for young children with SEND?

How do we involve all parents/carers in our setting?

Who can I contact for further information?