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If your child's special needs have been picked up at an early age, you may be thinking about suitable pre-school education and for your child to have opportunities for play, stimulation and interaction. For other children it is when they start attending a playgroup or nursery that difficulties or issues may come to light. Chapter five of the SEND Code of Practice provides guidance to Early Years providers about how they should identify and support children with special needs. Click here for Chapter Five of the SEND Code of Parctice

All nurseries, playgroups, Children's Centres and childcare providers should welcome young children with special needs, but some services aim to offer something extra. And if your child's special needs are complex or severe, you may be looking for something more specialised. Within the Local Offer we have asked providers to highlight the types of support and provision that they may make for specific types of special needs and disabilities.

Early Years Information and Support 0-4 Years

For information on general early years support including child development, immunisations, free early years childcare places and developmental reviews by Healthy Families Teams please click here 0-4 Years Information


Health and Development Concerns

If you have concerns about your child's health or development you should discuss these at the earliest opportunity with your GP or health professional. Healthy Family Team's includes health visitor and school nursing support. There are 20 locally based teams and children and young people will receive care from this service from before birth to their late teens, regardless of where they live in Nottinghamshire. Where additional support is needed for time limited targeted help for a specific needs this will be agreed with you and delivered by the appropriate member of the team or signposted to another service who can help. To contact your local healthy family team and for contact details of the district where you live please click here Healthy Family Teams


Parentline - a confidential texting service for parents and carers

Parentline, is a new confidential text messaging service for parents and carers across Nottinghamshire.  

The texting service is an easy way for parent and carers of children aged 0 – 19 years to confidentially ask for help about a range of issues, such as:

  • feeding and nutrition
  • child development
  • parenting advice and support
  • emotional health and wellbeing
  • behaviour difficulties
  • family health

You can contact the Healthy Family Team and find out how to access other local services for example, School Health Team, breastfeeding support or health visitor led sessions.

Parents and carers can contact the text messaging service for advice from Monday to Friday 9.00am - 4.30pm excluding bank holidays.  Messages sent to the dedicated number are delivered to a secure website, and responded to by the Healthy Family Team. Texts are usually replied to within one working day.  Automatic replies will be sent to any messages received out of hours explaining where to get help if their question is urgent, and when they can expect a response.

Text Parentline on 07520 619919

 

Childcare

Most children under two can developmentally benefit from the facilities available for all very young children, such as parent and toddler groups, music groups or soft play sessions. The Nottinghamshire Help Yourself website, which includes the Local Offer has details of child minders, toddler groups and nurseries. Just click on the following link to access this information: Childcare 

For further information on wraparound provision, which refers to childcare before and after school, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions section, Click here.

Children's Centres

Children's Centres are located in every district of Nottinghamshire and offer a wide range of support including around child development, communication and behaviour. Any parent to be or with a child under 5 can attend their local Children’s Centre. To find out more about what support they can offer you please click here Children's Centre Services

Choosing a School

Most children with special educational needs go to a local mainstream school. Even children with complex needs may be happily included with the right support. In both Nottingham and Nottinghamshire there are a number of special schools which some parents consider to be the best option for their child.

Parents can nominate up to four mainstream schools they would prefer for their child when they first go to school and when they move schools because of their age e.g. to secondary school. They are not guaranteed their first choice but it helps to apply early and make sure multiple choices are selected. For more information about school admissions click here school admissions

If your child/young person has an Education Health and Care (EHC) Plan, the Local Authority will work with you to identify a school place. Parents have the right to ask for a particular school including mainstream and special schools. The Local Authority will explain how decisions about the school placement is made for children with an EHC plan. School places for a child/young person with an EHC plan are decided by the Integrated Children’s Disability Service. For information on the service please click here

If you are a County resident click here Apply for a school place on the Nottinghamshire County Council website.

If you are a City resident please click here School admissions on the Nottingham City Council website.

Support for Special Educational Needs

Where a child appears to be behind expected levels or where a child's progress gives cause for concern, the setting should consider all of the information about the child's learning and development and this information should be brought together and considered with the child's parents/carers. This should include information about:

  • the child's learning and development, within and beyond the setting;
  • practitioner observations, formal checks, any more detailed assessment, any specialist advice;
  • progress in the prime areas: communication and language, physical development, social and emotional development.

Where a setting identifies a child as having SEN, they must work in partnership with parents to establish the support the child needs. Where a setting makes special educational provision for a child with SEN they should inform the parents and a maintained nursery school must inform the parents. This support could include a special programme of work, particular equipment or time with a worker in the setting individually. It may also extend to getting support from other professionals or services such as health and social care professionals e.g. Speech and Language Therapists.

For further information on support for special educational needs including details on choosing and applying for a school please click here SEN Support

The Schools and Families Specialist Services support children in Nottinghamshire with complex special educational needs and disabilities and their families from birth to seven, with particular focus on educational issues.  Parents can self-refer or a professional can complete a Request for Involvement form. For more information please click here

 

Schools and Families Specialist Services (SFSS)

The Schools and Families Specialist Services support children in Nottinghamshire with complex special educational needs and disabilities and their families from birth to seven, with particular focus on educational issues.  Parents can self-refer or a professional can complete a Request for Involvement form. For more information please click here

The service will visit the home and the child and ask a set of standard questions. The case is then discussed at a weekly Allocations Panel. If the referral meets the criteria, then support is decided on and this can be short term or longer term intervention work, dependent upon the child's needs and circumstances, up to the end of Key Stage One if this is appropriate. Support can include home teaching, providing advice and support to parents on a range of issues, transition support, providing advice and training for staff in schools and early years setting, and liaising with other agencies to ensure that support for the child and family is coordinated and effective.

Contact Details

Tel: Early Years SFSS 0115 804 1232

Email: simon.ray@nottscc.gov.uk

Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans

If a child/young person has been receiving a high level of ‘SEN Support’ and is still not making satisfactory progress, the Local Authority may be asked to complete an EHC needs assessment. This assessment is undertaken when it may be necessary for a child/young person to have support which is only available with an EHC Plan.

Once the EHC needs assessment is completed, the Local Authority then has the information needed to decide whether an EHC plan is necessary. An EHC plan will be written if this is the only way that the special educational provision can be available. An EHC Plan is a legal document which describes a child or young person’s special educational needs, the support they need, and the outcomes they would like to achieve. An EHC Plan looks at all the needs that a child or young person has within education, health and care. Professionals and the family together consider what outcomes they would like to see for the child or young person and the plan identifies what is needed to achieve those outcomes.

Children/young people with an EHC plan may attend a mainstream school or may attend more specialist settings. There will be a formal ‘annual review’ once a year. At this review the progress is reviewed and one discussion is about whether a different school placement should be requested.

Either the school or you as parent can request an EHC needs assessment. It is asked that, wherever possible, a request for an EHC needs assessment is made by both the school and parent together. This helps the LA make a decision as quickly as possible based on all the available information. The request paperwork supports this joint working between parents and schools.

The new EHC pathway has replaced the former statutory assessment and statement process. For further information on Education, Health and Care Plans including the assessment process and how to apply please click here EHC Plans

Whether you are a county or city resident you can contact the Ask Us Nottinghamshire service for advice and support about working through this process. Plese click here. Ask Us can also help if you are unhappy with a decision, and give initial advice on how to appeal or make use of the local Disagreement Resolution process.

Special School Nursing

This service provide nursing support and advice on health issues for children and young people, and their families and carers. They also support the move from children's healthcare to adult healthcare when young people leave school.

The service is available to children and young people who attend a special school in Nottingham City or County from age 3 - 19 years.

The service is open 8:30am – 4:30pm, Monday to Friday all year round.

Accessing the service

If a child or young person attends one of the schools listed below, they receive the special school nursing service:

Ash Lea School

Telephone: 0115 989 3984

 

Beech Academy

Telephone: 01623 491 027

 

Bracken Hill School

Telephone: 01623 491 027

 

Carlton Digby School

Telephone: 0115 883 9122

 

Derrymount Schools

Telephone: 0115 883 1101

 

Fountaindale School

Telephone: 01623 491 027

 

Oak Field School and Sports College

Telephone: 0115 883 5487

 

Orchard School

Telephone: 01636 705 826

 

Redgate School

Telephone: 01623 491 027

 

Sutherland House Family of Schools

Telephone: 0115 989 3984

 

Yeoman Park School

Telephone: 01623 491 027

The Early Help Unit

The Early Help Unit provides a central contact point for families wanting to access early help services in Nottinghamshire. They can provide information and advice and will signpost to non County Council Services, as well as accepting referrals on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council's early help services.

The opening hours of the Early Help Unit are 9:00am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday

Telephone: 0115 8041248 or email: early.help@nottscc.gov.uk

Parentline

Parentline, is a new confidential text messaging service for parents and carers across Nottinghamshire.  

The texting service is an easy way for parent and carers of children aged 0 – 19 years to confidentially ask for help about a range of issues, such as:

  • feeding and nutrition
  • child development
  • parenting advice and support
  • emotional health and wellbeing
  • behaviour difficulties
  • family health

You can contact the Healthy Family Team and find out how to access other local services for example, School Health Team, breastfeeding support or health visitor led sessions.

Parents and carers can contact the text messaging service for advice from Monday to Friday 9.00am - 4.30pm excluding bank holidays.  Messages sent to the dedicated number are delivered to a secure website, and responded to by the Healthy Family Team. Texts are usually replied to within one working day.  Automatic replies will be sent to any messages received out of hours explaining where to get help if their question is urgent, and when they can expect a response.

Text Parentline on 07520 619919

Information, Advice and Support Services - ASK US Nottinghamshire

Information, Advice and Support Services (IASS) offer free, impartial and confidential information, advice and support to disabled children and young people, and those with SEN from birth to 25, and their parents/carers. They are statutory services, which means there has to be a service in every Local Authority. In Nottinghamshire the service if offered by Ask Us. Watch this animation, which explains all of the support on offer from IASS:

Ask Us Nottinghamshire

This service offer free impartial and confidential information, advice and support for parents/carers of children/young people with special educational needs and disabilities including advice on what to look for when choosing a school. They can offer telephone support but also face to face support can be arranged if appropriate e.g. help with completing certain forms, writing letters and attending school meetings.

Their helpline operates Mon, Weds & Fri 9:00 - 13:00. Tues & Thurs 13:00 - 17:00.

Tel: 0800 121 7772 or email: enquiries@askusnotts.org.uk

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