This page tells you what support is available for very young children with special education needs and disabilities.
Every local authority is required to publish a ‘local offer’ that describes the provision of support available to meet children’s individual needs. Early years have set out their inclusive approach and how it contributes to Northumberland County Council’s local offer.
The following document outlines the guidance and practice early years providers follow, in order to help children and young people with SEND, and their families. It has been promoted to all early years providers, so that they can reflect on their inclusive practice.
The Northumberland Early Years local offer is based upon 6 ‘key principles’ that summarise the entitlement all children and their families can expect from Early Years providers across the county. These principles were identified through consultation and partnership, working with a wide range of professionals and parents, with the aim of representing the voice of the child.
The inclusion fund is for 2, 3 and 4 year olds who are taking up a number of hours of free entitlement with a childminder, preschool setting or nursery. The fund is targeted at children with lower level or emerging needs, to help providers better address the needs of individual children.
It should support the implementation of strategies that are additional to, or significantly different from, what is normally provided to other children of the same age. The Inclusion Fund will be passed to providers in the form of short term additional support and resources, on a case by case basis decided by the Early Years Inclusion Panel.
Please click on the headings below for further information on various related topics.
Click here to find out more about our children's centres.
Please click here to find out more about Northumberland County Council's Autism Service.
The National Autistic Society are the leading UK charity for autistic people (including those with Asperger syndrome) and their families. They provide information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for autistic people.
Please click here to find out more about the National Autistic Society.
Autism Northumberland is a group that offer autistic children and their families a range of support, including:
Please click here to find out more about Autism Northumberland.
Learn more about the speech,language and communication team of Northumberland County Council by clicking here.
Special educational needs coordinators (SENCOs) can request support from the Behaviour Support Service by completing the SEND Support Services ‘Request for Support’ form.
PLEASE NOTE: All requests for support require signed parental consent.
Please click here for the 'Request for Support' form, or to learn more about Northumberland's Behaviour Support Service.
There are a range of other professionals that may become involved with a child, their family, and early years providers. Sometimes this can be overwhelming, and there are systems in place that may be of support.
The children’s speech and language therapy service supports children and young people up to 18 years old. The service is delivered in a number of ways by speech and language therapists, assistant speech and language therapists, by assistants in schools, and also through our home programmes.
Please click here to view the NHS Children’s Speech and Language Therapy page.
Every family with children under five has a named health visitor. Their role is to offer support and encouragement to families through the early years - from pregnancy and birth, to primary school and beyond - to support you to stay healthy and avoid illness.
Please click here to visit the NHS Health Visitors page.
Occupational therapists help children and young people who experience difficulties in carrying out and participating in activities of everyday life. For example, their self care, school work and play.
Please click here to visit the NHS Occupational Therapy page.
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