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Childcare for SEND

Some children have difficulties in their development and need some additional help and support. There is a range of support, advice and information available. If you are worried about any aspect of your child’s development it may be helpful initially to talk to your health visitor, GP or someone at the children’s centre.

The Early Years Foundation Stage encourages practitioners to plan individually for children’s learning and development, including children who have particular needs and disabilities that may need additional support.

Parents and carers will be able to share with the setting the in-depth knowledge and understanding they have of their child.

The setting will create an environment where all children can join in and feel completely involved in all the learning experiences on offer. This will help them become successful and happy.

  • Our Early Years Inclusion Team supports children aged 0-5 who have additional educational needs, developmental delay or disability. They help empower and support families, early years settings, pre-schools, playgroups, nurseries and child-minders.  Any professional can make a referral EYFS Inclusion.
  • The Local Offer is a directory of local and national services for children and young people (aged 0-25) with special educational needs and disabilities.

What if my child has a disability or special educational needs (SEND)?

If your child attends an early education setting, such as a day nursery, pre–school or child-minder, you can speak to your child’s key person. They are there to help and will also be aware of your child’s learning, development and care.

All early learning and childcare providers are under a legal duty to consider how best to offer extra support to meet the child’s needs.

The SEND Code of Practice gives guidance on the different levels of support that are available.

Most nurseries and nursery schools will have a named SENCO who will be able to discuss your child’s particular needs and ensure that your child can enjoy all the activities the nursery has to offer. Talk to the Co-ordinator if you want to discuss your specific issues and concerns. 

Inclusion of Children with SEND

Children learn and progress at different rates. Some children need more help than others in order to move forward with their learning.

A child’s special educational needs will vary from year to year and from subject to subject with such needs being addressed through curriculum differentiation and a range of teaching and management strategies.

The Early Years Foundation Stage encourages practitioners to plan individually for children’s learning and development, including children who have particular needs and disabilities that may need additional support.

Parents and carers will be able to share with the setting the in-depth knowledge and understanding they have of their child.

The setting will create an environment where all children can join in and feel completely involved in all the learning experiences on offer. This will help them become successful and happy.

Supporting the learning and development of under 5s with SEND

Depending on your child's needs, there are a range of services available to support settings.

Early Years settings in Rutland have guidance to help identify, assess, plan and provide for young children with SEN, from the Inclusion team. 

The Inclusion Team works with settings, children and their families offering support and guidance.

The child is at the centre of Inclusion work and therefore individualised responses are made, building on the individual strengths, progression and needs, to promote positive outcomes for each child.

Children/Young people can be referred to the Inclusion Service by settings, Speech & Language Therapists, health professionals, social workers, family support workers and a range of other professionals.

The Inclusion Team supports children through discussions with parents and staff, observations of children in schools and settings and liaison with other professionals.

The Inclusion Team works with families and professionals to identify additional needs and reduce barriers to learning and contribute to the reduction of inequalities in children’s outcomes.

The Inclusion Team works closely with families with the child at the centre of the work. 

Support in the community

Early Help is a way of working to improve the delivery of services for children who have need of support from a range of specialist community services.  Multi-agency early years groups are part of a range of ways of meeting the needs of children with SEN or disability and their families. 

Visions Children's Centre offers support and guidance to families.

The health visiting team can also offer support. 

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