Some children may have special educational needs because of a disability or learning difficulty. They may need additional support.
All Early Years settings and nurseries in the maintained or private, independent and voluntary sector will have an identified special needs co-ordinator (SENCO).
The SENCO has responsibility for:
- Ensuring liaison with parents and other professionals in respect of children with special educational needs.
- Advising and supporting other practitioners in the provision.
- Ensuring that appropriate Individual Education Plans (IEP) are in place.
- Ensuring that relevant background information about individual children with special educational needs is collected, recorded and updated.
The majority of children will have their educational needs met by their nursery provider or school. If they have severe or more complex needs they may need more support or help than their setting can give.
For a very small number of children who need more help, the Local Authority, (LA) may need to make a statutory (legal) assessment of the child’s needs to find out what level of help is needed.
The assessment will, in some cases, lead to an Education Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan), being created saying how the child’s needs must be met, either in an Early Years setting with extra help or in a suitable special school.
If you would like to know more you can obtain an information pack for parents of children with special educational needs from the Special Needs Assessment Section (SNAS), Wandsworth Council, Department of Education and Social Services, Town Hall, Wandsworth High Street, SW18 2PU. Telephone: (020) 8871 8061 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Placements at the special schools and resource bases are made by the council’s Special Needs Assessment Section in consultation with the provider and parents or carers.
Wandsworth's special schools and resource bases;
Eastwood Nursery ASD Resource Base (ASD)
Aubyn Square, SW15 5PW
Greenmead School (Physical Disability, Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties, Severe Learning Difficulties and Moderate Learning Difficulties)
St Margaret’s Crescent, SW15 6HL
Little Hillbrook Early Years ASD Resource Base at Hillbrook School (ASD)Hillbrook Road, SW17 8SG
Linden Lodge School (Multi-disabled and visually impaired)
61 Princes Way, SW19 6JB
Little Paddock School (Moderate to Severe Learning Difficulties and ASD)61 Princes Way, SW19 6JB
Paddock School (Primary) (Severe Learning Difficulties and ASD)
Priory Lane, SW15 5RT
Siward Road Specialist Sessional Nursery (Complex Health Needs and Developmental delay including ASD and ADHD)
1 Siward Road, SW17 0LA
Smallwood Language Unit (Resource Base) (Speech and Language and/or Social Communication Difficulties)
Smallwood Road, SW17 0TW
The Alton Resource Base (Moderate Learning Difficulties and additional needs) Danebury Avenue, SW15 4PD
Willow Hearing Support Centre (Hearing Impairment)
Sellincourt Road, SW17 9SA
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