The Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework emphasise the importance of the responsiveness of early years settings to any cause for concern and the setting’s approach to identifying and responding to special educational needs.
The SEND Code of Practice states that providers must have arrangements to support children with SEN or disabilities. These arrangements should include a clear approach to identifying and responding to SEN. The benefits of early identification are widely recognised - identifying need at the earliest point, and then making effective provision, improves long term outcomes for children.
The SEN and disability code of practice is clear that the setting’s approach to assessing SEN should be firmly based in the setting’s overall approach to monitoring the progress and development of all children.
If through assessing and tracking a child, an additional need is identified a discussion with the practitioner, usually the key person, and the parents, with the support of the setting SENCO, the Area SENCO, or other professional is necessary to establish the support the child needs from all of those involved. This is the beginning of the graduated approach.
|The four stages of actions are:|
|ASSESS||Settings look at the progress of all children through progress meetings and identify the additional needs. Any children identified as needing external agencies should havea Early Help Assessment (EHA) completed with the family.|
|PLAN||Match interventions to meet the needs of child groups to develop a whole setting provision map. Match staff skills to intervention groups.|
|DO||Develop a support plan which will include a One page Profile and Provision Map for your Wave 2 and Wave 3 interventions.|
|REVIEW||Review 3 times per year with the child and the parents and if possible the professionals involved.|
Settings need to follow the graduated approach and use the available resources in the Local Offer that are both universal and targeted across education, health and social care needs. This allows a holistic support plan to be implemented to best meet the needs of the child/young person. More details for the graduated approach can be found in the SEND Code of Practice.
In Waltham Forest there are a range of services that can be accessed by childcare providers to aid them in giving high quality support to SEND children in the borough. More information about services available in Waltham Forest can be found on Information, Advice and Training page.
Once a setting has assessed a child and identified additional needs, part of the planning process is for the settings SENCO to write an Early Years SEND Support plan for the individual.
The Early Years SEND Support plan will
Settings who apply for additional funding from the SENIF panel will need to submit the SEND Support plan and provision map as part of the application. The funded awarded will be based on the inventions and costings evident in these plans.More information about funding available in Waltham Forest can be found on - SEND funding - Early Years.
Settings can make referrals to Wood Street Health Centre by completing a Specialist Children’s Health Service Referral form. To specifically make a referral to the Social and Communication Clinic (SACC) will require a completed SACC questionnaire to be returned along with the Specialist Children's Health Service Referral form.Before making a referral, discuss this with the settings allocated Area SENCO.
The purpose of an EHC plan is to make special educational provision to meet the special educational needs of the child or young person, to secure the best possible outcomes for them across education, health and social care and, as they get older, prepare them for adulthood. Waltham Forest has developed a 6 step personalised pathway which can be accessed by the child and their family. It follows a person centred approach so that the child/young person is at the centre of the process and their views and wishes are considered throughout.
More information about EHCP Pathway in Waltham Forest can be found on The Hub’s SEND and Disabilities Page.