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Early years education and childcare
In Haringey, there are many early years childcare options that can support children with special educational needs. These include children’s centres, nurseries, childminders, nursery classes in primary schools, playgroups and preschools, or an independent school.
You may hear these called 'early years settings'. You can find out more about early years settings and childcare in Haringey on our childcare and early years pages. Each setting has to report on its website their experience with children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. You can look up the setting's 'SEN Information Offer' to see what experience each setting has.
If you need support finding Early Years provision for your child with SEND please contact the Childcare Brokerage Service.
All early years settings must make reasonable adjustments for children with special education needs and must follow the Special Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice (PDF, 2MB).
Area SEN Coordinators (SENCos)
The Area SENCos are a team of qualified early years professionals who all have extensive experience of working with children with a range of additional needs, including Autism, Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Global development delay, and speech language and communication difficulties.
They offer support and advice to private, voluntary and independent early years settings (children’s centres, nurseries, childminders, playgroups and preschools) to help develop inclusive practice and plan for children with additional needs.
They offer training and workshops for early years practitioners and SENCos to cover a range of SEND issues as well as providing advice on appropriate strategies to use for particular children and supporting settings to make timely referrals to other agencies, including EHC needs assessments.
They also support parents with information around Haringey’s education system and procedures as well as the types of places available to children in mainstream education or special school.
Settings should complete the Request for Area SENCo form (Word, 57KB) to refer a child to the Area SENCOs.
If you would like to discuss a child with a member of the team, contact us:
- Tel: 020 8489 3498
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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