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Early Support and Area SENCos (Inclusion and Specialist Support Team)

Hackney Learning and Technology Centre,
1 Reading Lane,
E8 1GQ
Telephone: 020 8820 7291


Who we are...

Early Support Specialist Teachers and Area SENCos (special educational needs coordinators) are part of Hackney Education's Inclusion and Specialist Support Team.

We work directly with children aged 0-5 years old with SEND. their families and carers and Early Years settings like nurseries and playgroups. 

What we do...

All Early Years settings have a named setting SENCo. The Area SENCo and settings SENCo work together to support children with SEND.

Each setting has an allocated Area SENco a case load of around 25 settings.

They can advise and support parents and carers and provide specialist teaching and interventions to help with child development.

The team supports children with SEND to make the transitions from nursery to primary school successful .

What must the setting SENCos do? 

Each setting is responsible for the “assess, plan, do, review” cycle.

  • Identifying children with possible SEN (assess)
  • Bringing parents and professionals together for meetings (plan)
  • Writing a support plan and setting targets relevant to the child’s development and ensuring interventions and strategies are delivered (do/doing)
  • Monitoring progress (review)

Setting SENCos must also...

  • As part of the child’s records, keep all paperwork including any reports and advice from external professionals and written support plans that record the actions taken as a result of advice.
  • Refer children who need additional support to appropriate services such as; Speech and Language Therapy, Community paediatrics, CAMHS or Occupational Therapy
  • Signpost parents to relevant support services

What does the Area SENCo support children, parents and settings with? 

  • Support setting's SENCos to understand their responsibilities and how to carry them out
  • Observe children who have been referred to the Early Support Team,
  • Share observations to give recommendations and contribute to writing achievable targets for children
  • Assist the setting SENCOs to identify the most appropriate interventions and support for the child
  • Directly work with setting staff and children to share and model strategies for those with complex needs
  • Provide information and resources e.g. SEN support plans and Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) assessment requests to support setting SENCos to complete SEND paperwork.
  • Deliver core and bespoke training to a setting or groups of settings as needed
  • Signpost settings and parents to available services
  • Share examples of good practice

Parents or setting staff can contact the service for their named Area SENCo.

Record Last Updated on: 15/03/2021

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Referral required?


Referral Details

Setting staff or parents and carers can contact the service to discuss the needs of children in pre-school settings or provision. 

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If you have feedback about this service, something you liked or were not happy with, you can talk to the person who worked with you or, if you feel more comfortable, a service manager. They will try to help sort out any problems.

If you are still not happy with the service you can raise your concerns formally. This means someone who is not part of the service will look at your feedback or concern and see if anything can or needs to be done to help make things better.

If you need to make a formal complaint you can use the London Borough of Hackney complaints procedure.

How to Get Here

Buses: 30, 38, 55, 106, 236, 242, 253, 276, 277, D6

Train: London Fields, Hackney Central, Hackney Downs

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