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For parents of pre-school children with special educational needs or disabilities.

Early Years SEN Inclusion Service & Portage Service

Who is the early years home teaching support for?

We provide a service to children, their families and early years setting when the child requires specialised long term support. The child has significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age or has a disability which prevents or hinders access to activities or experiences available to children of the same age.

How often will the service see my child in their early learning setting?

We will discuss with you how best to support your child. This may include some visits to home and some to setting.

What does the Service do for Early Years Settings?

Every validated private, voluntary or independent early years setting has a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) who supports the setting to include children with special educational needs and disabilities. In exceptional cases top up funding may need to be applied for.

How do I access the Early Years SEN Inclusion Service?

The service accepts referrals from parents or anyone working with a child who has parental consent for the referral. Children accepted by the service show significant delay in more than one area of development.  Referral is via the local authority’s Early Years SEN Educational needs Panel.There is a meeting every fortnight during term time.

People from the Early Years SEN Inclusion Service, the Psychology Service and the Autism Outreach Service discuss every child referred and decide which service (or services) is best placed to meet the child’s needs.

A visit is then planned with parents and carers to talk about what the Service has to offer. At this first visit it will be decided how often and where the visits will take place. Visits can be at home, at the child’s early years setting or a combination of both.

Early Years Referral Form

Does the service run all year?

No, the service runs on an academic timetable for 38 weeks of the year.

Will information about me and my child be shared with other services?

We will share information about your child with other appropriate services to enable us to support them. However we will never pass information to another service with out your knowledge and only after we receive a signature from a parent or guardian giving us permission to do so.

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