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Frequently asked questions about children's development

Here are some frequently asked questions about the development or progress of babies, children and young people, and who to ask for help.

 

My child is under 5 years old, not at school, nursery or playgroup. I have concerns about their development/progress. ?

 

My child is under 5 years old at nursery/school and I am worried about their progress.

 

My child is aged 5 – 11 years (at primary school) and I am worried about their progress.

 

My child is aged 11- 16 years (at secondary school) and I am worried about their progress.

 

Young People aged 16+ years (sixth form, college, apprenticeship etc) worries about progress

 

My child is under 5 years old, not at school, nursery or playgroup. I have concerns about their development. ?

Here are some frequently asked questions about the development or progress of babies, children and young people, and who to ask for help.

My child is under 5 years old, not at school, nursery or playgroup. I have concerns about their development/progress.

My child is under 5 years old at nursery/school and I am worried about their progress.

My child is aged 5 – 11 years (at primary school) and I am worried about their progress.

My child is aged 11- 16 years (at secondary school) and I am worried about their progress.

Young People aged 16+ years (sixth form, college, apprenticeship etc) worries about progress

My child is under 5 years old, not at school, nursery or playgroup. I have concerns about their development.

  • Talk to your midwife, named health visitor at your clinic or your doctor and tell them that you are worried about your child’s development.
  • Your midwife, health visitor or doctor can give you advice. The health visitor or any other professional you are in contact with such as a childminder, nursery nurse or family support worker may suggest that an Early Help Assessment should be made. This looks at what help your child may need.
  • Your child may be referred to another person for more support or extra help with his or her development e.g. a speech therapist or a specialist doctor.
  • Contact Early Years and Intervention Support Services. This is a team of professionals with a range of experience in assessing children from 0-8 years. They can help with access to therapies as well as referral to the Schools and Community Psychology Service (see below). They also provide advice and information about child development, family support services and contact with and support from other parents.
  • For help or information about education for children with special educational needs, you can phone Wandsworth Information Advice and Support Service on (020) 8871 8065, email  wiass@wandsworth.gov.uk .
  • The Special Needs Assessment Service is responsible for statutory assessments, placements and reviews of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Parents or schools can ask for a statutory assessment. A statutory assessment is a detailed examination of a child’s special educational needs. After carrying out a statutory assessment sometimes an Education Health and Care Plan needs to be drawn up for the most severe and complex needs. Telephone (020) 8871 8061, email cssnas@wandsworth.gov.uk  .
  • The Schools and Community Psychology Service can also help if you have concerns about your child’s learning difficulties, social, emotional and behavioural development or physical difficulties.  Their help is usually requested by professionals but parents can also request their assistance. Telephone (020) 8871 8744, email edpsychs@wandsworth.gov.uk  .

My child is under 5 years old, at nursery/school and I am worried about their progress

  • Talk to your child’s class teacher and the nursery/school’s Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO). They can give your child extra help or different activities to help them make progress.
  • If your child needs more help, the SENCO can ask other people for advice e.g. an educational psychologist or speech therapist. The SENCO, health visitor or any other professional you are in contact with such as a childminder, nursery nurse or family support worker may suggest that an Early Help Assessment should be made. This looks at what help your child may need.
  • Your child may be referred to another person for more support or extra help with his or her development e.g. a speech therapist or a specialist doctor.
  • Contact Early Years and Intervention Support Services. This is a team of professionals with a huge range of experience in assessing children from 0-8 years. They can help with access to therapies as well as referral to the Schools and Community Psychology Service . They also provide advice and information about child development, family support services and contact with and support from other parents.
  • If your child has learning difficulties, this means that he or she finds it much harder to learn than most children of the same age, or if your child has a disability which makes it difficult to use educational facilities in the area without extra support, the Local Authority (LA) can carry out a statutory assessment of your child’s special educational needs. Your child may have an Education Health and Care Plan drawn up.
  • For help or information about education for children with special educational needs and or disabilities (SEND), you can phone Wandsworth Information Advice and Support Service on (020) 8871 8065, email  wiass@wandsworth.gov.uk .
  • The Special Needs AssessmentService is responsible for statutory assessments, placements and reviews of pupils with Education Health and Care Plans. Parents or schools can ask for a statutory assessment. A statutory assessment is a detailed examination of a child’s special educational needs. After carrying out a statutory assessment sometimes an Education Health and Care Plan is drawn up for the most severe and complex needs. Telephone (020) 8871 8061, email cssnas@wandsworth.gov.uk  .

My child is aged 5 – 11 years (at primary school)and I am worried about their progress.

  • Talk to your child’s class teacher and the school’s Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO). They can give your child extra help or different activities to help them make progress.
  • If your child needs more help, the SENCO can ask other people for advice e.g. an educational psychologist or speech therapist.  . The SENCO, health visitor or any other professional you are in contact with such as a GP, may suggest that an Early Help Assessment should be made. This looks at what help your child may need.
  • If your child has learning difficulties, this means that he or she finds it much harder to learn than most children of the same age, or if your child has a disability which makes it difficult to use educational facilities in the area without extra support, the Local Authority (LA) can carry out a statutory assessment of your child’s special educational needs. Your child may have an Education Health and Care Plan drawn up.
  • Contact Early Years and Intervention Support Services. This is a team of professionals with a huge range of experience in assessing children from 0-8 years. They can help with access to therapies as well as referral to the Schools and Community Psychology Service. They also provide advice and information about child development, family support services and contact with and support from other parents.
  • For help or information about education for children with special educational needs, you can phone Wandsworth Information Advice and Support Service  on (020) 8871 8065, email wiass@wandsworth.gov.uk .
  • The Special Needs Assessment Section is responsible for statutory assessments, placements and reviews of pupils with statements. Parents or schools can ask for a statutory assessment. A statutory assessment is a detailed examination of a child’s special educational needs. After carrying out a statutory assessment an Education Health and Care Plan is drawn up for the most severe and complex needs. Telephone (020) 8871 8061, email cssnas@wandsworth.gov.uk  .

My child/young person is aged 11- 16 years (at secondary school) and I am worried about their progress

  • Talk to their form tutor and the school’s Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) or Inclusion Manager. They can give your child extra help or different activities to help them make progress. They can also talk to all the subject teachers about your child’s difficulties.
  • If your child needs more help, the SENCO or Inclusion manager can ask other people for advice e.g. an educational psychologist or specialist teacher.  The SENCO, Inclusion Manager or other professional you are in contact with such as a GP or family support worker may suggest that an Early Help Assessment should be made. This looks at what help your child may need.
  • If your child has learning difficulties, this means that he or she finds it much harder to learn than most children of the same age, or if your child has a disability which makes it difficult to use educational facilities in the area without extra support, the Local Authority (LA) can carry out a statutory assessment of your child’s special educational needs. Your child might have an Education Health and Care Plan drawn up if they have the most severe and complex needs.
  • For help or information about education for children with special educational needs, you can phone Wandsworth Information Advice and Support Service  on (020) 8871 8065, email wiass@wandsworth.gov.uk .
  • The Special Needs Assessment Section is responsible for statutory assessments, placements and reviews of pupils with statements. Parents or schools can ask for a statutory assessment. A statutory assessment is a detailed examination of a child’s special educational needs. After carrying out a statutory an Education Health and Care Plans is drawn up for the most severe and complex needs. Telephone (020) 8871 8061, email cssnas@wandsworth.gov.uk .

Young People aged 16+ years ( in sixth form, college, apprenticeship etc)

  • Talk to your form tutor and the school's or college’s Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) or Inclusion Manager. They can give you extra help or different activities to help you make progress. They can also talk to all the subject teachers about your difficulties.

  • If you need more help, the SENCO or Inclusion manager can ask other people for advice e.g. an educational psychologist or specialist teacher.  The SENCO, Inclusion Manager or other professional you are in contact with such as a GP or family support worker may suggest that an Early Help Assessment should be made. This looks at what help you may need and requests it for you from the services.

  • If you have learning difficulties, this means that you find it much harder to learn than most young people of the same age, or if you have a disability which makes it difficult to use educational facilities in the area without extra support, the Local Authority (LA) can carry out a statutory assessment of your  special educational needs. You might have an Education Health and Care Plan drawn up if you have the most severe and complex needs.

  • For help or information about education for young people with special educational needs, you can phone Wandsworth Information Advice and Support Service  on (020) 8871 8065, email wiass@wandsworth.gov.uk .

  • The Special Needs Assessment Section is responsible for statutory assessments, placements and reviews of pupils with statements and Education Health and Care Plans. young people, parents or schools can ask for a statutory assessment. A statutory assessment is a detailed examination of a person's special educational needs. After carrying out a statutory an Education Health and Care Plans is drawn up for the most severe and complex needs. Telephone (020) 8871 8061, email cssnas@wandsworth.gov.uk .

  • When a young person with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) reaches Year 9, a Transition Plan or Preparing for Adulthood review, is drawn up that sets out the steps that they need to make to move to adult life. There are a number of local services that can offer guidance and support.

More information

For advice or information about what to do if you are concerned about your child's or your own progress, you can call or email THRIVE Wandsworth on 020 8871 7899 thrivewandsworth@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk  . 

If you would prefer to meet someone to talk about this, with an interpreter or signer you need one, please call THRIVE Wandsworth to make an appointment at the Town Hall.

We can see people who drop in to the Customer Centre at the Town Hall, but only if a Disability Information Officer is available.