Supporting parents on the SEND journey

It can be a very stressful time for parents when issues with their child’s development are raised by either their Health Visitor or Early Years Practitioners. It can be difficult for parents to fully engage at the point of the initial discussion, as it is natural to focus on key points that are raised, and it is common for information to be missed.

The Early Years Inclusion Team have created a pathway that details the process and support that is available for children with additional needs, between the ages of 0-5.  The pathway details the support that is available from health and educational professionals, with clear guidance on each role and responsibility.  It also details how Early Years settings will support them and their child, and the support that you are able to access from specialist services.   It also provides an overview of the support that is available to children with additional needs on entry into school reception class.

Please download the pathway and use it as a guide to conversations with parents, to help them navigate the SEND sector and to ensure the right level of support is in place for their child to achieve their full potential.