At New Beginnings, we believe that every child deserves the best possible start in life and as such should be given every support that will enable them to fulfil their potential irrespective of their ability; however, we are also conscious that sometimes, children need additional support to ensure that they get the best of the provisions available to them.  To this end we have created a truly inclusive provision, which will allow all children regardless of their specific needs make the best possible progress   and reach their maximum potential while at our Nursery.  Our entrances are wheelchair user friendly, our general ambience including the lighting have been carefully chosen to ensure that the children are comfortable in that environment.

In making provision for children and young persons with SEN, the SEND code of Practice identifies four principal areas of SEN, and some children may have needs that cut across more than one of these listed below:

  • Communicating and Interacting 
  • Cognition and Learning 
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEHM) 
  • Sensory and/or Physical Needs 

Our practices are driven by our SEND policies and procedures which is entrenched in the SEND Code of Practice.  We follow the graduated approach using the assess, plan, do and review cycle.  We work closely with the Leeds SENIT and ICAN Team, Speech and Language therapists, Health Visitors, Children Psychologists, and any other professionals that may be required to support a child.

All children with SEND have a Passport, Individual Learning Plan (ILP), a Medical Passport (if required). The ILPs are based on targets agreed with SENIT or the appropriate professionals and these are reviewed periodically to ensure all reasonable outcomes are met.

In our practice have staff members trained to use PECS, Intensive Interaction and Makaton if required.  We also use objects of reference and visual aids, such as visual timetables, prompts and now and next artefacts.  We attend when needed, any training advised by professional to meet children’s individual needs, these may include medical training.

We work closely to support the family on their journey and can provide social stories for children when needed.

Our designated Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-ordinator Ruth Oseme and our SEND officer Jamie, are responsible for making sure that dedicated additional support is provided for children that require them.  You can contact them by email: or via the office on Tel: 0113 2563382.

“When our son started at New Beginnings he was non verbal, lacked a basic understanding and had no concept of danger. Ruth and the team provided him with the 121 support he needed and very quickly got support in place from external agencies. They offered us advice and signposted us towards funding and agencies that may be able to help.

After 18 months there he is now communicating using PECS cards, which is something no one else had suggested, and it’s become key to help his frustration and make him a happier little boy.

New Beginnings has supported us through applying for an EHCP, an autism diagnosis and organised extended transition visits to school to help him get used to the environment before he started. He walked in on his first day and didn’t look back thanks to these visits.

Thank you for everyone at New Beginnings for your continued support.

New Beginnings are a fantastic nursery and support system. They care not only for the children but your family as a whole…and even when the children have moved up to primary school are always happy to see them and keep up to date with how they are.”

1 Nov 2022  Clare B

“The manager ensures that no child is left behind and has equal ambitions for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). These children receive expert support and progress rapidly” OFSTED 2022