Ordinarily Available Provision – Setting Audit
Gloucestershire County Council is committed to ensuring every child has access to high quality education suited to their needs, which equips them with the skills and attributes needed to make a positive contribution to their community and succeed in life.
We also want to ensure children and young people with high needs are able to learn and succeed in local education provision (Early Years, School, and Post 16) that understand, respond to and meet their needs in a flexible way. *Gloucestershire Strategy ‘Looking to the Future 2019-2022’
The Local Offer
All Local Authorities must publish a Local Offer; this is a central source of information and resources available for all children, young people and their families with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in Gloucestershire.
We publish ours on the "glosfamilies directory"
Gloucestershire County Council has previously produced the document ‘Gloucestershire Guidance Booklet for Practitioners Working with Children and Young People (0-25 yrs.) with Additional Needs Including SEND’ (2016)
Although this document continues to provide clear expectations regarding universal help for children and young people with additional needs, in 2018 there were a number of organisational changes within the Local Authority. We wanted to produce a document that is reflective of these and includes expectations as set out in the reformed Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, reinforces the key legislation such as the Equality Act 2010, United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the SEN Code of Practice
What do we mean by ‘Ordinarily Available Provision’? (OAP)
The term ‘ordinarily available provision’ refers to the range of activities, experiences and strategies offered as basic good practice/quality first teaching for children with special education needs/disability in line with the SEN Code of Practice.
Ordinarily Available Provision should be delivered within the usual funding resource the provider receives from the Local Authority. Some providers will need to make adaptions to their current practice if they are to meet the expectations of Ordinarily Available Provision.
Using the Early Years Foundation Stage’s Overarching Principles the following information aims to support Early Years Providers meet the needs of children with special educational needs and disabilities.