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.
For full information about the work of the wider Inclusion and Specialist Support Team see their service entry.
Record Last Updated on: 08/10/2020