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Early years targeted and specialist services

The majority of young children with special educational needs and/or disability (SEND) can have their needs met in the wide range of inclusive nurseries, pre-schools, child-minders or universal pre-school clubs and activities available in Bromley.

Bromley pre-schools and nurseries can access advice and training from a range of professionals to support them to be fully inclusive such as the Area Special Educational Needs Coordinator (Area SENCO) and the Sensory Support Teachers (Visual Impairment & Hearing Impairment).

Early years education support services for young children with special educational needs and/or disability work with other services in health, early years education, social care and the voluntary sector to ensure quality, timely, coordinated access to support and early intervention for children and their parents & carers. High quality family friendly services, information and support are offered with a particular focus on children with more severe or complex disabilities.

Early Years Targeted and Specialist Local Offer

For children who are resident in the London Borough of Bromley with severe or complex SEND, a range of targeted or specialist education services/provision is available.

PLEASE NOTE FROM JANUARY 2019 THIS SERVICE IS SUBJECT TO REVIEW, INFOMRATION WILL BE UPDATED AS APPLICABLE.

SHOULD YOU REQUIRE ANY FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT Lead for Pre-school Specialist Support and Disability Service:
Annabel.dixon@bromley.gov.uk

This includes:

Pre-school Specialist Support & Disability Service (PSS&DS)

The Pre-school Specialist Support and Disability Service (PSS&DS) provides early identification, assessment, specialist teaching intervention and transition support for children of pre-school age with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability (SEND) who are resident in Bromley borough or attend a Bromley Early Years settings.

 

Find out more about the service

Portage & Assessment Team

Portage is a home visiting education service for pre-school children with SEND and their families.  It offers regular weekly or fortnightly visits, when the family and the Portage Home Visitor work in partnership to assess what the child can already do.  They then plan specific learning goals to meet the child’s individual needs in liaison with other involved professionals. 

Find out more about the Bromley Portage Service.

Outreach and Inclusion

The Outreach and Inclusion Team provides quality support to enable children with SEND to be fully included in mainstream settings.  This includes support and advice about other services and moving on to school.

 

  • Area SENCOs (Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinators)/ Specialist Outreach Teachers The Area SENCOs support practitioners in Early Years settings by giving practical advice and training on all aspects of inclusion, with a particular emphasis on early identification and intervention. 

Find out more about the role of the Early Years Area SENCO/Specialist Outreach Teacher [PDF, 597KB].

Initial Assessment

Following referral the appropriate professional will contact the family to arrange a visit to carry out an Initial Assessment of the child’s need and discuss potential support options. 

This will include gathering information about other agencies supporting the child/family e.g. from Health or Social Care and where necessary referring into other appropriate services.

The Initial Assessment may take place over several visits particularly if a child attends a pre-school setting.

Group Support for parents/carers

PSS&DS operate a variety of focused parent/child support groups for children already known to PSS&DS. 

These group sessions aim to support children to learn, be part of a group and empower parents to meet their child’s needs. Some groups are run jointly with Bromley Health Care Speech and Language Therapy Service.

Supporting Inclusion In Pre-Schools

Children with additional needs who attend a Bromley mainstream pre-school provision may require additional support to fully access the Early Years Foundation Stage. The setting they attend may be eligible to apply for SEN Inclusion Funding (SENIF). 

Find out more about the SEN Inclusion Fund (SENIF)  (leaflet to follow) 

Early Years settings may also be able to access Disability Access Funding (DAF) if children in their setting have Disability Living Allowance (DLA) paid.

Find out more about the Disability Acc

Other education services children of preschool age with SEND may access include:

Early Support Full Programme

Following referral the appropriate professional will contact the family to arrange a visit to carry out an Initial Assessment of the child’s need and discuss potential support options. 

This will include gathering information about other agencies supporting the child/family e.g. from Health or Social Care and where necessary referring into other appropriate services.

The Initial Assessment may take place over several visits particularly if a child attends a pre-school setting.

Sensory Support Service (Hearing Impairment & Visual Impairment)

Sensory Support Service offers advice and support at home and in the pre-school settings to families who have a child with a visual or hearing impairment. The service runs baby sign and baby play sessions at Griffins which parents/carers can bring their pre-school children to as well as the use for the sensory room for the development of vision.

Find out more about:

Educational Psychologists

Educational Psychologist’s work with young children individually, observing them both at home and in pre-school settings as well as carefully listening to families and other professionals concerns about the child’s needs.

Recommendations and advice are suggested in order to encourage a child’s development, learning and prepare a child for school. 

Click here to find out more about the Educational Psychologists in Bromley

Early Years SEND information Reports

Early education providers are required to provide information about the support they can offer to children with Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND) available to parents and other professionals, this information is called an SEND information Report.  To find out more about individual settings please refer to their website.

 

Transition to School

All children known to the above services will be offered a supported transition to school.

The Education Keyworker will discuss with parents/carers the support options available to their child once they have started school.

For a very few children support from our service in the first term at school may be offered to provide some continuity of support.

Special Educational Needs Assessment and Statutory Assessment

More information on Special Educational Needs Assessment can be found on the Assessment for Special Educational Needs page of this website.

A small number of children may require a formal Statutory Assessment known as Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment. More information on Education, Health and Care planning can be found on our Education, Health and Care Plan page.

 

 

Need more help?

Find out who to talk to

Contact the Information, Advice and Support Service for free, impartial information, advice and support for parents and carers of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Support is also offered to children and young people with SEND. They can also help provide information in a non-web format.

E-mail: iass@bromley.gov.uk

Call: 020 8461 7630

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