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Special Educational Needs and Disability Local Offer


Wiltshire Council has published its Local Offer which sets out what is available in Wiltshire in relation to education and enables parents/carers and young people to access clear and comprehensive information about the support and opportunities that are available.

Information about the Wiltshire Local Offer can be accessed through this link.

Bishopdown Farm Pre-school is an inclusive setting. We uphold children’s right to education and recognise the diverse educational needs within our community. We acknowledge those needs may change over time and require a range of provision. We believe we have a duty to offer that provision where we can, to foster inclusion and provide full educational access.

As an early years provider we offer appropriate support and intervention, and to promote equality of opportunity for children that we care for. The SEND code shows four broad areas of need for children and young people with SEND.

  • Communication and interaction

  • Cognition and learning

  • Social, emotional and mental health difficulties

  • Sensory and /or physical needs.


Many of our staff are trained to provide specific support and interventions such as BLAST, Makaton, letters and sounds including phonics.

We work in partnership with speech and language therapists to plan and deliver support for children with specific difficulties.

Concerns may also be raised by parents and carers, teachers and support staff. Additionally, children may be identified with an SEND via a GP referral, health visitor, speech and language service, the school nurse or paediatrician, or where a child joins us from a different school. If you are concerned about your child’s progress you should talk to his or her key person first, or contact the SENCo or manager.

At Bishopdown Farm Pre-school, the SENCo:

  • manages the day-to-day operation of the policy

  • co-ordinates provision and manages the response to children’s needs

  • oversees the records of children with SEND

  • acts as the link with parents

  • acts as the link with external agencies


Our SENCo is Amber Sharpe. The best way to contact the SENCo is via email: or Phone 01722 333181

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