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Identifying and assessing Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in the Early Years

Is your child aged 0-5?  

Are you concerned about their learning and or development?  

If you are worried about your young child’s learning and or development and think they may have a special educational need and or disability you can contact the Kirklees Early Years Special Educational Needs Service & Disabilities (EYSEND).

The service offers  advice and support to children, their families, and the education settings they may be attending.    

Early Years SEND (EYSEND) is an early learning support service that works with children aged 0-5 who have special educational needs and or disabilities ( SEND). It is a referral based service who offer support , advice , guidance and training for parents / carers and professionals across a wide range of settings and the family home.

The Early Years SEND team consists of 14 trained professionals who all have a wide range of experience supporting and teaching young children . All members of the team have specialist knowledge around working with children with additional needs. They work closely with health professionals , nursery and pre school settings and schools . Working in partnership with parents / carers is a primary principle of the service.

The EYSEND Team can help to:

  • Gather information from yourselves to try and build a picture of your child’s needs and what can be done to help 
  • Offer ideas and individualised plans to support your child’s learning and development 
  • Support families to help their child’s learning and development at home 
  • Support practitioners in early learning settings (Nurseries, childminders, playgroups and schools) to provide appropriate teaching and learning opportunities for children with SEND 
  • Help families to access early learning settings that will meet their child’s needs  
  • Help ensure children’s needs are identified early so that appropriate teaching and learning opportunities can be provided 
  • Support families if their child’s 2-year check is highlighting gaps in their learning or development 
  • Liaise with other professionals who may be supporting your child  
  • Help families to understand the SEND processes and any additional support that they may be entitled to including SENDIF, SENDIF + and DAF  

The EYSEN team has 4 strands of support:

  1. Home Portage
  2. Inclusion Support
  3. Portex Teacher support.
  4. Specialist intervention for complex communication and interaction

Home Portage visitors offer regular ( often weekly) visits to the family home when children are not yet accessing a nursery or pre- school provision.

Portage visits will focus on direct work with the child and the family identifying and implementing small step teaching programmes to support children’s learning and development. Parent / carers are central to the programme and will work alongside the home visitor to support their child’s progress. Portage home visitors will be involved in transition planning and visits as children start to access pre school provision be that in a childminder, private setting or a maintained school nursery.

Early Years SEN Inclusion Officers , along with the 2 Area SENCO Specialist Teachers ,work with children, parents and practitioners in pre school settings to ensure children’s needs are being met. Inclusion officers will meet with parents / carers and setting staff to gain a full picture of children’s needs within the setting. A plan will be put in place to identify the outcomes it’s hoped children will achieve and what needs to happen to support that achievement. Inclusion support will help with the planning of individual education plans and if necessary My Support Plans and Education Health and Care Plans ( EHCP’S) as well as working directly with the child.

Portex Teachers Support works along the same model as Inclusion support but this time with school Nursery or Reception class provision. Portex Teachers will work with parents / carers and school staff to identify outcomes and provision for children with additional needs as described above.

The specialist Practitioner for Complex Communication and Interaction works primarily with Home Portage visitors and Inclusion Officers to offer specialist knowledge and intervention for our children presenting with CCI.   This may include supporting children with  specific social communication needs including Autism.  Support can also be offered with transition into school based provision.  

Last updated: 29/09/2020