Early Years Learning Support and Special Educational Needs

The Learning Support and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) department work closely with teachers, children and parents to provide support for children with additional needs.

Learning Support is available for children with short term ‘catch-up’ needs.  In such circumstances the Early Years Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) will withdraw the children in a small group for weekly support sessions.

Where a child has a specific special educational need or disability, this support may be offered on an individual basis.  In such cases, the SENCO will devise an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for the child, detailing targets to work towards, strategies that will be used to achieve these targets, and how the support will be provided.  The IEPs are shared with the child’s class teacher and parents, in order for everyone to work together to support the child.  Parents are always informed prior to their child receiving support, and are kept updated of their child’s progress through termly meetings with their child’s class teacher and the SENCO.

External specialist support is also available to children who require it.  A private speech therapist and occupational therapist work in school one day a week.   Please contact Miss O’Malley, our Early Years Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, for further details.   The Early Years is also supported by the local authority (Camden) Early Years Team.  With parental consent, children may be referred to Camden for further support, such as speech and language therapy.  For details of the support offered by Camden, please visit their website: http://www.localoffer.camden.gov.uk

Should you have any concerns about your child, please contact Miss O’Malley.  For further details, please see our online Learning Support and Special Educational Needs and Disability Policy