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Our service is for children who have complex or significant additional needs, identified either by parents and/or health services or early years settings working with the child, within the areas of learning, language and communication, sensory and physical needs and social emotional development.

We also help childcare providers and early years settings to support children with disabilities.

Who do we support?

We support early years settings (like nurseries or schools) where children between the ages of birth to five are not making the educational or developmental progress that's expected.

What can you expect from the service?

We have a number of professionals in our team who work alongside settings and parents to ensure children with SEND in the early years get good quality, inclusive support that helps them make progress.

  • Our specialist advisory teachers (for 0 - 5 years) and communication and autism teachers (aged 0 - 7 years) offer support to parents, settings and schools to help them meet the child's needs. In some instances, they might assess and plan support for individual children in addition to supporting the setting to do so.

  • Our inclusion development officers advise private voluntary and independent settings and stand-alone nurseries on inclusive practice. They support them to meet legal inclusion requirements, and help settings to complete paperwork related to inclusion.

  • Our specialist inclusion workers offer training to staff around the specific needs of a child in a private voluntary independent or stand-alone nursery. They may also offer a block of support to a specific child in their setting.

  • Our early years autism specialists offer training to settings, nurseries and schools specifically around strategies to support autism. They may also offer support to individual children with autism.

Specialist Development Centres – teachers and early years practitioners

There are 5 Specialist Development Centres across the county which support children from birth to approximately 3 years of age who have complex SEND. Each child is offered between 1 and 2 sessions per week depending on availability.

How to refer

We accept referrals from parents, health professionals and education professionals.

We might ask nurseries or preschools and health professionals for more information so that we can decide what level and type of support that we can offer your family and your child.

For children accessing a pre-school educational setting, at the point of referral the service would normally expect to see that different provision has been made for the child by staff, implementing the SEND Code of Practice requirements of assess, plan, do and review. If this intervention has not had a positive impact on a child’s development it may then be time for a service request to be considered or made. Advice can be sought as to appropriate next steps for the child from the local 0 – 5 Lead Practitioners or team members.

What needs to be included in the referral?

We ask for your child's early years provider to give evidence of strategies they have tried to support your child before they contact us. This is usually an assessment and an individual education plan (IEP). We do not ask parents for any extra information.

What happens after the referral?

We review referrals at our Early Years Action Group (EYAG) meetings, where the Lead Practitioner will consider the referral and additional information.

If the referral is accepted, you will be allocated a member of the Early Years SEND team to support you and your child. The team member, usually a Specialist Advisory Teacher, will make contact with you or your child's early years setting and arrange a visit.

Can any organisations support you?

Delivering Special Provision Locally (DSPL)

DSPLs are teams across Hertfordshire that organise support in their specific local areas. Your local DSPL may run events or have guidance to support you.

Support groups and networks

Many parents find it beneficial to meet and talk to other parents who have children with additional needs. Here you can find information about some of those in Hertfordshire.

0300 123 4043 - Hertfordshire County Council customer call centre

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Why do we use cookies?

To remember your settings, for example your language and location. This means you don’t have to keep entering these details when you visit a new page.

To find out how you use the site to help us update and improve it.

How do I change my cookie settings?

You can change the settings of your web browser so that it won’t accept cookies. For more information visit AboutCookies.org.

But, doing this may stop you from using some of the online features and services on this website. 

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Just for the time you are on our website.

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To track the effectiveness of our website using Google Analytics. 

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To save the pages that you visit by clicking the heart at the top of the page. 

1 month

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This stores your postcode (or partial postcode) when we ask you for your location.

Just for the time you are on our website or 30 days (you choose this).

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