Early years, birth to starting school (SEND Local Offer)

So, you suspect your child may have a special education need or disability (SEND) or you've got a diagnosis for your child? You didn’t expect this to happen and you may be feeling a whole range of emotions.

All of these are perfectly normal and natural feelings. Everyone responds differently, and it can take time to process. There is help and support available for you on your journey. In this section you will find details of the services and support available to parents and families.

We understand that talking to many different services about your child's needs can be very confusing. To help this we have found some useful websites with guides to the terms and jargon sometimes used.

Website: Council for disabled children EPIC glossary of terms (opens in a new window)

Website: Healthwatch Worcestershire Jargon Buster (opens new window)

Website: Contact a Family also have some useful pages about diagnosis (opens a new window)

Covid-19 update  

Parent Letter from Gabrielle Stacey, Assistant Director for SEND and Vulnerable Learners at Worcestershire Children First

Worcestershire Children First recognise that the last three months have been a difficult and uncertain time for parents, and especially for those parents who have children with SEND.

Gabrielle Stacey, the Assistant Director for SEND and Vulnerable Learners has written a letter to the parents of Early Years children with SEND who are known to the Pre-School Forum.
The letter includes:

  • how the Pre-School Forum has continued to run virtually
  • the work it has continued to carry out to make recommendations on the level of support on entry into school
  • Guidance for parents about who to contact during transition times, including professionals to liaise with over any concerns
  • specific guidance for parents of children with Education Health Care Plans
  • contact details for agencies including SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS), the SEND Local Offer and the Worcestershire Here 2 Help webpage

Download: Early Years letter to parents and carers July 2020 (PDF)

If you find that any of the information on these pages is incorrect or links don't work, please let us know by emailing: localoffer@worcschildrenfirst.org.uk