Early Start SEND Inclusion workers are based within Early Start and offer targeted and specialist support to families of children with additional needs including children with social and communication differences. This support can be at home, at the child's early years setting, or both.
Early Years Settings can also apply for SEN Inclusion Funding (SENIF) for children in their care, that can be used to enhance the setting and support them in developing staff skills, including strategies that can support individual children's needs and learning. This additional support is used to enhance the ordinarily available resources in place within the setting .The setting must evidence how best they plan to use their resources to support the progress of children they have applied for. Any additional support awarded is intended to enable Early Years settings to meet the needs of children with additional or special educational needs and disability, keeping within the principles of the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice.
If you are a parent/carer and would like to access the Early Start SEN Inclusion service please either speak to your health visitor or early years provider who can refer you to the service. Alternatively, you can contact the Early Start Team directly.
Early Start Main Hub
firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 8102 5888
Groups and Workshops
The Early Start SEND Inclusion Team also run workshops and targeted groups for parents and carers of children aged 0-5 with social communication needs.
Parent only workshops :
- Successful Sleep
- Successful Eating
- Successful Toileting
- Sensory Differences
- Supporting Everyday Experiences (with Early Start Speech Therapists)
- Incredible Years ASD 2-5 Years
Early Intervention Group :
For children and their parents- The key principle of this group is to introduce and model interventions for parents to use at home that support the development and extension of joint attention. To encourage spontaneous communication through highly motivating attention building activities.
To access any of the groups and workshops, please ask at your local children centre or contact the Early Start team directly.