What should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs or disabilities?

At Little Dragons Preschool we take children from the age of two years old and offer a home visit for each child. This gives the child the opportunity to meet their designated key person in their own home, aiding the transition to pre-school. It enables you and us to collect and share information in a confidential environment. It also gives you the opportunity to voice any concerns about your child’s development. Ongoing observational assessments are made of all children and are linked to the Development Matters stages of development. This in some cases identifies individual needs. If your child’s key person has identified a possible need, they will discuss this with you and our setting Senco (Emma Stacey) We can then plan (One Plan) with you to support your child’s learning and development.

Please view: www.gov.uk/government/publications/send-guide-for-parents-and-carers ,this is for you the parent, it is a parent’s guide to the code of practice.

Should your child need further support i.e. from several agencies a One Page Profile will be created. Our Senco will offer support and advice to your child’s key person and other staff in the setting and will also liaise with other professionals to seek advice and support in identifying individual needs where necessary. The pre-school can seek this through the Early Years Advisory Team at Essex County Council, where we can access specialist support and if necessary training with your permission. The ECC team offer settings advice and support to ensure we are meeting your child’s needs and are able to refer appropriately. They can and will meet with parents/carers should you request it. Should the One Page Profile not meet all the required needs of your child then a EHC plan can be requested, see below for further details.