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What support is there in the Early Years for children in Hackney aged 0 – 5?

This article is about the range of services and support available to young children aged 0 – 5 years old with Special Educational Needs and or Disabilities (SEND).

You can find out more about what service are available to support families and children from birth up to starting school.  

Click on the headings below to find more information.

Are you worried about your child?

If you are a parent or carer and you think your child has SEN or a disability, or you are worried about the progress they are making, you can talk to:

  • your doctor / GP
  • health visitor
  • someone in their early years or childcare setting
  • someone in one of Hackney’s Children’s Centres

If they think your child has SEN or a disability they must tell you and should discuss with you what kind of support your child might need. They may also tell the local authority so that you are known to the services that help families and children with additional needs.

Click on the headings below to find out more. 

Are you worried about your child’s development?

Developmental milestones

You can see an online guide from the NHS which explains when most children are expected to learn to do new things and develop certain skills. Different children may develop skills at slightly different times to each other but the guide is a useful starting point to measure and understand children’s expected development. It also tells you more about when you might become concerned and what to do about it.

Find out more: NHS milestones in your child’s development from birth to five

 

If you are a parent or carer and you think your child has SEN or a disability or you are worried about their development

If you are a parent or carer and you think your child has SEN or a disability, or you are worried about their development or the progress they are making e.g. their walking, talking, learning or behaviour; you can talk to:

  • your doctor / GP
  • health visitor
  • someone in their early years or childcare setting
  • someone in one of Hackney’s Children’s Centres

If they think your child has SEN or a disability they must tell you and should discuss with you what kind of support your child might need. They will also tell the local authority so that you are known to the services that help families and children with additional needs.

 

It can be useful to write down examples of the things that you are worried about to help you remember exactly what you noticed so that you can be clear when you talk about it with them. Your health visitor or GP will be able to discuss your child progress with you and help you find support if it is needed.

Tip for parents – If your child has a physical symptom that only shows sometimes, it may help health professionals understand what is going on if you can film what happens on your phone and show them.  Always make sure that your child is safe e.g. someone else may need to hold them while you film. Use your own phone so that you can keep control of the video.

 

Doctors and GP’s

It is important to register your baby with your GP as early as possible in case you need their help.

You can sign the pink card you'll be given when you register your baby's birth and take it or post it to your GP. You can contact your GP at any time.

Most GPs have regular child health clinics.

Find out more: NHS Choices - find a GP

 

Health visitors

Health visitors are nurses or midwives who are trained to offer support to all families with children under 5.  They visits families with new babies, carry out development checks, provide advice to parents about crying, and advice on how to support a baby’s sleep patterns.

Health Visitors work together with parents and local services like Children’s Centres, social care services and GPs to provide support and make sure families get a good start in life.

Ongoing support is provided for a longer time to families with more complex issues.

Find out more: Health visitors

 

27 Month Integrated Review

If you live in Hackney and your child attends a registered nursery, playgroup or Children’s Centre then you can benefit from having an Integrated 27 Month Review in the day care setting your child normally attends. In addition to a Health Visitor or Community Nurse being present, the Integrated Review will also be attended by your child’s key nursery practitioner who can talk about how your child is progressing in the nursery.

The Integrated review can help you address your child’s social, emotional  and physical health including: immunisations, healthy weight, growth, behaviour management , sleep management, toilet training, keeping your child safe and  dental care, providing  you with a complete picture of your child’s development and learning needs at home and in the nursery.

Find out more:

27 Month Integrated Review factsheet

Happy, Healthy and Ready to Learn – Hackney Learning Trust

 

Children’s Centres in Hackney

Children’s Centres are for families with children under 5. They offer free stay and play drop-in sessions, support, access to child and family health services as well as childcare.

Find out more: Children’s Centres in Hackney

 

Speech and Language Therapy

If your child is having difficulties talking, communicating, drinking, or swallowing, a Speech and Language Therapists may be able to help.

Monthly Talking Walk-in groups are held at Children’s Centres across the borough. You do not need an appointment and you can get advice from a Speech and Language Therapist.

Children with significant additional needs including feeding related difficulties will be given more support.

Parents comment - “I realised at weekends that I was “translating” what my child was saying for his Dad. I was able to understand what he wanted because I spent more time with him. The Walking Talking drop in group was really useful and the beginning of understanding my child’s needs and how to help him. The Speech and Language Therapists at the group were very helpful and also helped me find out about other services.”

Find out more: Children's Integrated Speech and Language Therapy Service for Hackney and the City

 

Nursery or playgroup SENCOs (special educational needs coordinator)

If your child goes to a playgroup or nursery you can ask to speak to your child’s allocated keyworker or the SENCO to discuss what you have noticed and are concerned about. 

What specialist support services are there for children under 5 years old?

Some children in hackney who have particular needs related to SEND will be supported by the following services.

For information about referrals see the full service entry by clicking on the red links.

Portage

If your child does not go to a nursery or playgroup yet, and has significantly delayed development the Portage service may can help.

Portage work closely with families to help them understand their individual child’s development, provide a targeted home-visiting service, offer practical ideas to help with different aspects of child development, liaise with other specialist services, and help your child move into a playgroup or nursery setting.

There is a regular drop in group for children on the waiting list.

Find out more: Portage 

 

Speech and Language Therapy

If your child is having difficulties talking, communicating, drinking, or swallowing, a Speech and Language Therapists may be able to help.

Monthly Talking Walk-in groups are held at Children’s Centres across the borough. You do not need an appointment and you can get advice from a Speech and Language Therapist.

Children with significant additional needs including feeding related difficulties will be given more support.

Parents comment - “I realised at weekends that I was “translating” what my child was saying for his Dad. I was able to understand what he wanted because I spent more time with him. The Walking Talking drop in group was really useful and the beginning of understanding my child’s needs and how to help him. The Speech and Language Therapists at the group were very helpful and also helped me find out about other services.”

Find out more: Children's Integrated Speech and Language Therapy Service for Hackney and the City

 

Educational Psychology

Educational Psychologists work collaboratively with school staff, parents and children themselves to help ensure that young people with additional educational needs who are having difficulties at school receive the right sort of help. They also help to ensure that very young children, who may have additional educational needs and require extra help, get the support they need either before or when they start school.

Find out more: Educational Psychology Service

 

Multi-Agency Referrals (MARS)

If your child has complex health and social care needs that need co-coordinated agency involvement your hospital or GP may refer them to MARS based at Hackney Ark

MARS meetings are a forum for professionals to discuss any new referrals to the Hackney Ark and to share information about progress of existing cases.

Find out more: Multi-Agency Referrals (MARS)

Children who despite additional support are still making significantly less progress than expected and the reason for this is thought to be their caused by their SEND may need an education health and care.

Education Health and Care (EHC) Plans

Parents or professionals can request an Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment for children with complex or sever SEND. This assessment can lead to an EHC plan being put in place to support the child’s identified needs.

An EHC plan is a legal document describing a child or young person’s SEND needs, and detailing the extra help needed from various services to support them. An EHC plan can be in place while a child or young person remains in education (or training when they are older).

If your child has an EHC plan they will have an annual review to assess what is working well and what could be improved. Information and helpful resources about EHC plans and Hackney Learning Trust’s annual review process and other useful information can be found in the download section of the following pages:

Resources page for SENCOs, SEND professionals and others

Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) information questions and answers...

What is Person Centred Planning?

Hackney SENDIAGS (SEND Information, Advice and Guidance Service)

 

Keyworking Team

The Keyworking Team work with families with children who have been newly diagnosed with complex health and social needs requiring at least three specialist services from Hackney Ark.

The Keyworking Team support families with a child with complex health and social needs when they are new to the borough.  

Click here for more information: Keyworking Team

 

Psychology services

Psychology services for children, young people (aged 0-19) and their families.

These services can help where there are concerns about emotional well-being, behaviour and mental health. They will listen, talk and think together with you, about what is going on and what might help.

Some psychology services also offer support for living with and understanding disabilities e.g. autism.

Different teams work across City & Hackney: CAMHS Alliance

First Steps Early Intervention Community Psychology Service:

First Steps is an NHS psychology service for children and young people aged 0 – 18 years and their families. This service is part of City and Hackney CAMHS alliance.  and works in partnership with other CAMHS services.

The service offers early help with any difficulties related to behaviour, emotions and relationships before they become more complicated or difficult to address.

Find out more: First Steps Early Intervention Community Psychology Service - CAMHS

 

CAMHS Disability Service:

This service works with children and young people with moderate to profound learning disabilities. 

They meet with children, young people and families to think together about concerns, understand them better and work on agreed goals for positive change.

Find out more: CAMHS Disability Service

 

Specialist CAMHS:

Specialist CAMHS offers assessment and help to children, young people and their families with significant emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties. 

Find out more: Specialist CAMHS - City and Hackney - Homerton Row

 

Health services that can help families develop and maintain good diets and habits around eating

Nutrition and Dietetics 

Specially trained children’s dietitians offer advice and treatment to children who are having difficulties eating the right food. They are part of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Find out more: Nutrition and Dietetics (Children)

 

LEAP - Lifestyle Eat-well Activity Positivity and HENRY (Health, Exercise, Nutrition for the Really Young)

LEAP is a multi-disciplinary weight management service for children and young people aged 0-18 years who are overweight or obese.

LEAP offers a holistic approach with support from a:

  • paediatrician
  • dietitian
  • physiotherapist
  • clinical psychologist

 

Find out more: LEAP - Lifestyle Eat-well Activity Positivity

HENRY is a popular 8 week FREE fun programme designed to give babies and young children (0-5 years) a good start and to help the whole family to adopt a healthier lifestyle. 

Find out more: HENRY (Health, Exercise, Nutrition for the Really Young)

 

Hackney Ark 

Hackney Ark is a centre for children and young people with disabilities and additional needs. It brings together services from across the fields of health, education and social care to provide an integrated response to the needs of disabled children and their families.

It also has a Resource Centre where families can get useful information about special educational needs and disability related matters.

Find out more: Hackney Ark

Find out more: Information & Advice - Hackney Ark Resource Centre

 

Disabled Children’s Service

Disabled Children’s Service provide social care support for families with disabled children. The team undertakes a Child and Family Needs Assessment to see what support families with disabled children need.

The outcome of this assessment could lead to a support package in the form of Direct Payments, or through an approved care agency. Interim support can be provided during the assessment. After the assessment families can receive:

  • Help with personal care and social activities
  • Help from the Short Breaks Service

 

Find out more: Disabled Children’s Service

 

There are other specialist services for young children with SEND living in Hackney.

Find out more:  Specialist services for young children with SEND

Groups for parents and carers…

SENDIAGS - specialist information and advice education service

The Hackney SEND Information, Advice and Guidance Service (SENDIAGS) is an arm's length service providing impartial and confidential information, advice and support to parents and carers of children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND)

They can help you explore options to resolve disagreements with schools or provide support and information if you want to make a complaint.

The service runs regular advice and drop in sessions but you can also make appointments to speak to an advisor privately.

SENDIAGS have produced some very useful guides for parents. The following two guides relate to starting school for pupils with SEND.

SENDIAGS - SEN Support in mainstream schools

SENDIAGS - EHC needs assessment for children in early years settings or at school

More useful information and resources are available from the SENDIAGS service entry.

Find out more: Hackney SENDIAGS (SEND Information, Advice and Guidance Service)

 

Parent / carer forums

Finding out that your child has SEND can be a difficult time. Many parents find talking about it with others who have has similar experiences helpful.

Each local authority has a parent carer forum funded by the Department for Education in Hackney this is HiP - Hackney Independent Parent's Forum.

HiP is run by parents and carers for parents and carers. HiP run useful SEND events and information sessions for parents. 

HiP aim to get families’ voices heard wherever decisions about local services are being made by health, education and social care professionals.

HiP are active on social media where they share useful local and national information or interest to parents and carers. 

Find out more: HiP – Hackney forum for parents/ carers of children with disabilities

 

Hackney Ark Resource Centre – Information and Advice

The Resource Centre is an advice and information service for parents and or carers of children with SEND (and the professionals who work with them).  They have specialist reference books, leaflets, funding packs and free access to two computers. 

You can also make an appointment for support to fill in Disability Living Allowance forms. If there is no availability The Resource Centre coordinator will advise who else can help. 

The Resource Centre is also a space where other services run support groups for example ASD parents’ coffee mornings, Short Breaks surgeries etc.

To find more information click here: Hackney Ark Resource Centre

 

What’s on? page of Hackney's Local Offer

This pages has information from services who update us about a wide range of activities in Hackney tailored to specifically meet the needs of families, children and young people with SEND.  

Parents carers and young people can find out about parent led support groups, drop in sessions and specific SEND relevant activities including specialist sports sessions and social activities for young people.

These include drop in information and support sessions run by specialist services for parents and carers where they can meet other parents and carers, discuss common issues together and get easy access to advice and information from professionals in the service running the sessions.

Find out more: What’s on?  

 

Contact (previously known as Contact a Family)

Contact are a national charity who provide information, advice and support to families, parents and carers about a wide range of additional needs, disabilities and health conditions.

You can find local support groups using their website and they have a benefits advice helpline that parents nationally rate highly. 

Find out more: Contact - (previously known as Contact a Family)

Finding and paying for childcare….

Choosing childcare

To help you find the right childcare there are up to date lists of registered nurseries, including schools with nursery classes, playgroups and childminders in Hackney.  

You can also find information on:

  • Free childcare for some 2 year olds
  • Free childcare for all 3 & 4 year olds (note, from September 2017 most working families will be able to receive 30 hours free childcare in term time)
  • Tax free childcare

 Find out more: Choosing childcare

 

Early Years Inclusion Funding (previously called Supported Childcare Funding)

Supported childcare funding is a specialist fund for children with significant needs attending a nursery, playgroup, or childminder. Supported childcare funding is allocated to provide resources to support those who are eligible to access childcare and education. 

This funding is available for registered nurseries, child minders and playgroups. A referral from the provider is required.

Supported childcare funding can be used flexibly by the setting to buy specialist equipment or to fund one to one support on a short term basis, while a child’s needs are being assessed.

There is high demand and limited funding for the service and it allocated at a panel according to the needs of identified children. 

Find out more: Early Years Inclusion Funding (previously called Supported Childcare Funding)

 

Portage

If your child does not go to a nursery or playgroup yet, and has significantly delayed development the Portage service may can help.

Portage work closely with families to help them understand their individual child’s development, provide a targeted home-visiting service, offer practical ideas to help with different aspects of child development, liaise with other specialist services, and help your child move into a playgroup or nursery setting.

There is a regular drop in group for children on the waiting list.

Find out more: Portage 

 

Starting nursery or playgroup

If your child goes to a nursery, playgroup or childminder and has significant delayed development you will receive some support to help their learning. This help might be from the SENCo in your child’s nursery, school or playgroup. Or it may be from someone in the Early Support and Area SENCo Team - Inclusion and Specialist Support Team who can advise parents and carers, provide teaching interventions and support during the transition to primary school.

Find out more: Early Support and Area Senco Team - Inclusion and Specialist Support Team

Preparing to start school….

Transitions are changes moving from one phase in life to another. Starting primary school can be one of the biggest transitions in a child’s life.

Help with getting your child with SEND ready for school

Parents will want to support their child in any way they can.  Most parents have some anxieties about how their child will manage school.  This can be especially true for parents of children with SEND. 

The NCSE (National Council for Special Education) has useful information for parents about starting school.

Find out more: NCSE - Starting School Guidelines for Parents/Guardians of Children with Special Educational Needs

 

Most children will be at nursery or playgroup already, and your child’s keyworker and SENCO will be able to help with the transition to primary school by providing information to the school about your child’s abilities and progress.

 

Early Support and Area SENCo Team

The Early Support team consists of Area SENCo and specialist teachers who support children with additional needs and their families/carers as well as the setting they attend.  They provide teaching/interventions and support transition into primary school.

Find out more: Early Support and Area SENCO Team

 

Schools provide support for children with SEN (special educational needs) 

The law says that a child/young person has special educational needs if they have learning difficulties or disabilities that make it harder for them to learn than most children/young people of the same age.

Find out more: SEN support in mainstream schools 

Applying for a place at primary school

Most children with SEND will go to a local mainstream school.  If your child has more severe or complex needs they may need to go to a special school or school with additionally resourced provision.  You have a say in this as a parent.

Children start primary school in September when they are four years old.  This year is called their Reception year. 

To help you in choosing a school, each school must have an SEN information report on their website showing you how they support children with SEND at their school.

Find out more: SEN information report 

 

School admissions and pupil benefits

School admissions and pupil benefits provide information about how to apply for a place at primary school. This is an online system, and there is a copy of the school admissions handbook that explains how places are prioritised.  You can apply the year before your child starts up to the beginning of January. There’s also information on free school meals and school uniform (called Pupil Benefits).

Find out more:

School admissions and pupil benefits

Preparing to start reception class at primary school - children with SEND

What is a school SEN information report?

Hackney Primary Schools SEN information

Having a medical reason for a child to attend a particular schools

If there is a medical reason for you child needing to attend a particular school you will need to provide evidence from a professional e.g. a medical consultant which demonstrates the connection between your child’s needs and how being given a place at a particular school would support them.

 

If your child has an EHC (Education Health Care) plan

Children who have an EHC Plan follow a different process. Hackney Learning Trust will ask you which schools you would like to consider for your child. They will consult with your preferred schools, to determine whether your child’s needs can be met there. Following this process, a school will be named on your child’s EHC Plan.

Find out more: Special Educational Needs Administration Team

 

Information, advice and support

Information, advice and guidance to parents of children with SEND is provided by SENDIAGS. 

They can help explore your options if you disagree with a decision that has been made or want to make a complaint.

Find out more: Hackney SENDIAGS (SEND Information, Advice and Guidance Service)

 

Schools with additional resources for pupils with SEND

Children with more sever or complex needs may need to attend a school with additional resourced provision (ARP) or language resourced provision (LRP) or a specialist school.

Find out more: Autism Resourced Provision at Schools

Find out more: Language Resource Schools in Hackney

Find out more: Special Schools in Hackney

 

What does the law say about pupils who have SEND?

The law says all schools must provide SEN support for a child/young person if they have special educational needs. Children and young people are considered to have SEND if they:

“Have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age”

or

“if they have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age.”

This is the government’s definition given in the SEND Code of Practice - 2014/15

Find out more: Parent’s Guide to the SEND Code of Practice 2015

It is also helpful to understand what primary schools are expected to do.

 

The following articles provide more information on schools….

Most children with SEND go to local mainstream school in borough. 

Family support…

Short Breaks

Short Breaks - under 5’s Provision 2017/2018

Depending on the age of your child you may be eligible for free 15 hours nursery or childminding, which can be used for respite at a Children’s Centre if your child is aged between 0-2 years.

If your child is aged between 3-4 years you will be able to access a range of service provision such as a nursery, children centre or childminding. The expectation is that you follow the pathway to access provision.

In exceptional cases where your child is aged 3-4 years you may be able to access a one-off payment totalling £200 per annum which will be calculated on a pro—rata basis to pay for a carer or age appropriate service.

If you require any further explanation regarding the new under 5 pathway, please feel free to contact us

Children who can get Short Breaks must be Hackney residents and receive middle to high rate Disability Living Allowance

Find out more:

Social and Leisure Activities Short breaks Pathway

www.shortbreakshackney.com

 

Children’s Centres

There are 21 Children’s Centres in Hackney for all families with children under 5. They offer FREE stay and play drop-in sessions, family support, access to child and family health services as well as childcare.  There are a range of services for all children including those with SEND. 

Find out more: Children's Centres in Hackney

 

Common Assessment Framework (CAF)

A Common Assessment Framework (CAF) referral, may be made to the children’s centre Multi-Agency Team (MAT) meeting for Early Help, where there are two or more needs impacting on the child and the child is not already supported by Hackney Ark. 

Find out more:

 

Hackney Ark Resource Centre – Information and Advice

The Resource Centre is an advice and information service for parents and or carers of children with SEND (and the professionals who work with them).  They have books, leaflets, funding packs and free access to two computers.  You may be able to make an appointment for support to fill in Disability Living Allowance forms.

The Resource Centre is also a space where other services run support groups for example ASD parents’ coffee mornings, Short Breaks surgeries etc.

Find out more: Hackney Ark Resource Centre

 

City and Hackney Family Nurse Partnership

Family Nurse Partnership is a voluntary home visiting programme for first time young mothers (and fathers) aged 19 or under. A specially trained family nurse visits the young mother regularly, from early in pregnancy until the child is two.

Find out more: City and Hackney Family Nurse Partnership

Things to do…

Active play with others is important for the development of all children particularly children with SEND.

Hackney has a range of services available for children with a range of needs. Some modifications to activities might be needed to help children access them but this is part of settings and services duty to be inclusive.

Some services have sessions specifically for children with disabilities, although individual children's needs vary.

Social and Leisure Activities Short breaks Pathway

Find out more:

  • Portage
  • Stay and Play at Children's Centres
  • Toy Library
  • Sensory Play available at - Comet, Morningside, Lubavitch, Linden, Tyssen and Clapton Park Children's Centres.

 

The “What’s on?” page of Hackney's Local Offer is a good place to find information about activities for children with SEND and sessions for their parents.

This pages has information about a wide range of activities in Hackney tailored to specifically meet the needs of families with children with SEND. 

It includes specialist sports sessions, parent’s information sessions and opportunities for young people.

Find out more: What’s on? 

 

Children’s Centres in Hackney

Children’s Centres are for families with children under 5. They offer free stay and play drop-in sessions, support, access to child and family health services as well as childcare.

To find out more: Children’s Centres in Hackney

 

Young Hackney 

Young Hackney runs services and works with partners to provide a range of high quality inclusive universal and targeted play and youth work activities and programmes for children and young people aged 6-19. Up to age 25 for young people with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND)

They also provide year round 'youth work' programmes at Young Hackney centres and specific outreach youth programmes in various venues around the borough of Hackney. 

Find out more: Young Hackney

 

 

Adventure Playgrounds in Hackney

Adventure Playgrounds are free spaces for children to explore adventurous play. They usually have large wooden outdoor structures for children to climb on as well as other activities.  They are supervised by Play Workers, but are generally free to come and go as they please this is referred to as open access.

Find out more: Adventure Playgrounds in Hackney

Hackney also has a specialist adventure playground that has closed access for children with more profound needs and disabilities. 

KIDS work with children, young people and families in three main areas of their lives.

They call these the three “circles of support”:

  • Play and leisure
  • Learning and development
  • Information advice and family support

Find out more: KIDS Adventure Playground

 

Parks and outdoor spaces in Hackney

Hackney has the largest expanse of green space in inner London.  It has 58 parks spread across the borough. Some parks have additional features including:

  • play equipment
  • outdoor paddling pools
  • tennis courts
  • basketball pitch
  • football pitch
  • wooden gym apparatus
  • cricket pitch
  • outdoor table tennis tables
  • city farm
  • aviary
  • BMX cycle track
  • conservation areas
  • ponds and rivers
  • athletics tracks and more.

Some parks run specific activities during the weekends and school holidays.

Find out more: Parks and outdoor spaces in Hackney

 

Swimming pools and leisure centres

Find out about the local swimming pools and leisure centres.

  • Clissold Leisure Centre
  • Kings Hall
  • Britannia Leisure Centre
  • Queensbridge Sports and Community Centre

..all run specific inclusive or specialist session.

Find out more: Swimming pools and leisure centres in Hackney

 

Libraries in Hackney

Libraries in Hackney have under 5's story sessions which include rhymes and singing and are a place for parents to chat and meet and make new friends.

Free activities are often available for children during the holidays.

Find out more: What’s on? Hackney Libraries

Libraries are also one of the places parents can request Bookstart packs from The Book Trust these also include specialist packs for children with additional needs.

Booktouch - There are two packs available for children between the ages of 0-5 who are blind or partially sighted - Booktouch Baby (0-2 years old) and Booktouch (3-5 years old)

Bookshine - There are two packs available for children between the ages of 0-5 who are deaf or hearing impaired. Bookshine Baby (0-2 years old) and Bookshine (3-5 years old)

Bookstart Star - For children aged 3-5 who have a condition or disability that impacts on or delays their fine motor skills.

Find out more: Bookstart packs for every child

Further useful information…

What is Person Centred Planning?

Person centred planning, sometimes referred to as PCP, aims to…

  • Put the parent and child or young person is at the heart of the process
  • Highlight the child or young person’s strengths and interests

All professionals and people working with them should ensure that parents, children and young people are genuinely involved in all aspects of planning and decision making. 

Find out more:  What is Person Centred Planning?

Childcare for those aged 0 - 5 years old...

Free 15 hours childcare for some two year olds

Free 15 hours childcare for all three to four year olds

Free 30 hours childcare for some three and four year olds (working parents only)

 

Find out more: Free Childcare for 2 – 4 year olds

 

Children’s Centres in Hackney

Nursery Schools and classes in Hackney

Norwood Hackney Family Centre 

Early Years Inclusion Funding (previously called Supported Childcare Funding)

 

Health related services for 0 -5 year olds....

Hackney Ark

Health Visiting Service

Children’s Occupational Therapy

Children’s Physiotherapy Service

Community Children’s Nursing Team

Hackney Family Support Service

CAMHS - Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

Education information 4 and 5 years - 11 year olds...

Primary schools in Hackney

Types of school places for children with SEND

Hackney's SEN Funding for schools

SEN support in mainstream schools

What is a school SEN information report?

Hackney Primary Schools SEN information

Speech Language and Communication Needs

How does Hackney assist pupils with SEND to access schools and the National Curriculum?

Applying for a place at primary school in Hackney

 

Social Care - Hackney…

Children's Social Care in Hackney

Other organisations...

Hackney Council for Voluntary Services (HCVS)

Family Action

Also see related Local Offer pages...

How does Hackney assist pupils with SEND to access schools and the National Curriculum?

SEN support in mainstream school

Hackney's SEN Funding for school

Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) information questions and answers...

What do they mean? Jargon Buster

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