Area SENCOs are part of the Local Authority's Early Years Educational Advisory Service and have substantial experience in advising and planning the support required for children aged from birth to five that have a wide range of special needs and disabilities.
Area SENCOs provide guidance and support as children transition either from setting to setting or from their early years setting into school.
The team provide advice and support directly to setting-based SENCOs and managers on developing a SEND policy, on the early identification of Special Educational Needs (SEN) and planning for inclusion and early intervention within the SEND Code of Practice (2014) and the Equality Act (2010).
Area SENCOs offer advice, support and training to a range of early years and childcare settings including private day nurseries, preschools, and childminders on inclusive practice and meeting the needs of all children.
The team also provide advice and support for specific children where the setting requests some help to meet the child's needs. This can only happen if written consent has been obtained from parents/carers and will usually be when there are no other services supporting the child. This may include a request to observe your child in their setting.
Area SENCOs support liaison between settings, parents/carers and other professional agencies. This may include signposting to a range of professionals and services. In addition, the team support the implementation of advice from health and education support services.
Children with medical needs
Area SENCOs offer support to ensure that providers follow a framework which supports children with Medical Needs to be inducted into their early years setting safely. Before your child starts at an early year setting you may be invited to a meeting where a Health Care Plan, Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan, Risk Assessments or specific training may need to be organised so that the early years provider is ready to meet your child’s needs.
To access an Area SENCO:
The Area SENCOs are available all year round and can be contacted directly by telephone or email.
Age ranges: 0-5
The service is delivered in consultation with parents/carers and there is no charge to parents/carers. Area SENCOs keep parents/carers informed and involved through meetings that include them and other involved professionals. We can support transition between early years settings and also between early years settings and school.