Early Years SEND Support Services - Coronavirus
The Early Years SEND Support Services are, Portage, Early Support, Parent and Child Development and West Hill Enhanced Children's Centre.
- All teams are providing emotional support to parents through regular contact via phone, Skype, texting, WhatsApp, etc. with a focus for families with increased levels of vulnerability.
- New referrals for children with complex needs and disabilities are being accepted. Family Contact is remotely and will include initial assessment of needs, emotional support for parents and coordination of the professional network across health and the Local Authority.
- Work with professional networks continue, coordinating contact, support, resources and follow up on actions linked to the child’s individual needs.
- Continue to support the EHCP process for families and supporting remote working Teams Around the Child and other meetings where possible.
Early Support is keeping communication open with parents and professionals regarding individual child’s health needs which may be impacted on due to Covid19. They are supporting the most complex families with regular contact and updated information, assessing the level of vulnerability within the family environment during isolation and actioning any needs.
Portage team is continuing with remote Portage sessions at the regular times of home visits, this supports children’s individual developmental play with ideas and suggestions. Also providing a weekly newsletter with play ideas for parents to lead on with children using toys and resources within the home.
Parent and Child Development are supporting with a WhatsApp for parents with SEND activities, Bucket Sessions and Visual Song Boards for their families. They are also developing Virtual Videos of play and singing sessions for parents to incorporate into the play schedule they are implementing at home. They can also provide toys pick up for parents to come, one by one, without children, to get toys, although they will need to call and arrange a time between 11.00 – 3.00 and also agree to social distance. Please note that the toy pick up is only during Term Time Only.
West Hill Enhanced Children’s Centre has a Facebook page and website for families, using these to promote positive play experiences and interaction for parents and children who are isolated. They are also promoting key messages linked to Covid19 in a family friendly way and other resources parents may find useful. They are also providing video singing and story sessions with staff which families can use with engaging with their children.
This is a multi-agency centre where specialist teams from Early Help Service, Health and voluntary organisations are based. They offer support to young children and their families who have emerging Social Communication concerns, complex medical needs and disabilities. The aim is to ensure, through early assessment and/or intervention, that all young children with special needs and disabilities living in Wandsworth access suitable services to support them in fulfilling their potential.
The centre can help children and their families with:
- assessment of a child's needs that may lead to diagnosis of Autism,
- access to Preschool Speech and Language therapies advice and information about other services available,
- finding family support services,
- use of suitable play facilities,
- finding parents groups and training, and
- contact with other parents
Services available at the centre include:
- Multi-disciplinary Assessment where there are Social Communication Concerns
- Early Years Advisory and Inclusion services for settings, childminders and schools
- Early Support – family support service for children with complex medical needs and their families
- Clinical Psychology (subject to eligibility criteria)
- Workshops and Training for qualifying parents of children with social communication difficulties and on the autistic spectrum
- Cygnet courses for parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Parent support groups
- Parent and Children Development provide advice and support groups to encourage play, independence and social skills, which include:
- Toy Library
- Parent/Child activity groups
- Down's groups
- Multi-Sensory Room
- Soft Play Room
- Portage – a home teaching program for preschool children with significant developmental delay or disability.
- Specialist Speech and Language Therapy for Pre-school children with complex needs
Other services on offer include voluntary organisations services:
Depending on which services are involved with a child, parents or carers are invited to the centre to meet professionals or they will visit families at home. Where a child is referred for a multi-disciplinary assessment, an allocated professional will liaise with a parent and the child’s playgroup, nursery or school and arrange to observe them there.
Where to go
- Early Years SEND Support Services
The Early Years Centre
1 Siward Road
- SW17 0LA
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Time / Date Details
- When is it on
- Monday - Friday: 9am - 4:30pm
- Referral required
- Referral Details
Professionals from health, education and social care can refer using the Early Help Assessment which must be sent to the Single Point of Referral by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Any other queries please email email@example.com
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To use this service:
The centre accepts referrals for children from birth to under 8 years old living in Wandsworth who have complex or significant needs like: developmental delay; social and communication disorder e.g. autism; or a specific medical needs e.g. cerebral palsy, Down's syndrome.
Children may be referred by any professional or a parent/carer. Professionals are now recommended to refer through the Early Help Assessment (EHA). Referrals are discussed fortnightly during term time by a team of senior practitioners representing services from Early Years, Health and therapies.
A parent/carer who wants to make a referral should contact, in first instance, a professional who already knows your child’s needs e.g. health visitor, GP or if a child is in a school or nursery, a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo). Otherwise, a parent/carer can phone the Multi-Agency Complex Needs Panel referral co-ordinator on 020 8871 6892 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Local Offer Age Bands
- Early Years (0-4 years)
Last updated: 26 Oct 2020