All childcare providers have a special educational needs coordinator (SENCo) coordinator. They will talk to you about your child’s needs and how the setting can support them. It's their responsibility to coordinate support for your child in the setting and to work alongside other professionals. SENCO's should ensure that all the needs of your child are planned for in advance and that you are kept informed with all decisions.
The Specialist Teaching and Psychology Service (STePS) is made up of two teams:
- Advisory Teachers Team
- Educational Psychologists
Advisory Teachers, Advisors and Specialist HLTAs provide support and advice for children and young people with sensory impairment, physical impairment and social communication and autism spectrum disorders. Early Intervention Practitioners provide advice and support for pre-school children with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities and their parents.
The Educational Psychology Service (EPS) provides a wide range of services to help the People’s Services department with identifying and meeting the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) of children and young people aged 0-25. This includes working with educational settings to support a graduated response to special educational needs provision and advising on statutory support as part of an education, health and care needs assessment.
To contact the STePS Team, telephone 01332 641400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEND Funding for Early Years Providers
The Early Years Inclusion Fund for children with SEND from April 2018 to March 2019 planned value is £250,000.
This fund has been set up to support children with special educational needs and disabilities in the early years.
The new fund will start from April 2018 and replaces the SEND Grant.Requests already received for funding from the SEND Grant for April 2018 will be considered on the original request forms. Requests from April 2018 for funding from the Early Years Inclusion Fund must be on the new referral form and follow the April 2018 criteria.
The 'My Support Plan' information mentioned in the criteria and request form is being developed and information will be shared by August 2018.
Please read all documents and replace criteria and request forms that you may currently have saved with the new Early Years Inclusion Fund information.
The eligibility criteria and process for the distribution of the fund during the financial year 2018 to 2019 is below.