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Support in early education for children with SEN

On this page we set out the educational support available for children with special educational needs (SEN) or disabilities in early education (nursery or pre-school).

Identifying SEN in young children

NHS services check the health and development of all children aged from birth to four years old. Providers of early education also check children’s development.

You can find out more on our page on Identifying special educational needs and disabilities.
 
Children's centres and hospital services may contact us about a child if they think that he or she is not developing as quickly as other children of the same age.
 
 

Support for children with additional needs

If your child is having difficulty learning, a member of our Inclusion Service – and health professionals where needed – will work with you to plan support for your child.

The support your child might get includes:
  • a plan of support (advice from us and from health professionals if necessary)
  • information about the services available to you
  • help with speech and language (after an assessment by an NHS health professional).
Your child might get this support:
  • at home
  • in groups organised by us – for parents and children
  • in groups organised by the NHS
  • in early education.
We and/or the NHS will pay for this support
 
 

Support for children with significant needs

If your child has severe learning difficulties or a disability, a member of our Inclusion Service will work with you to organise and plan support for your child. Other health or care professionals may help too.

The kind of support your child might get includes:
  • an assessment of your child’s strengths and areas for development 
  • a support plan and targets for your child, developed with you 
  • a check on your child’s progress every six weeks, depending his or her age and needs 
  • special development groups run throughout the borough by experienced SEN staff
  • information about therapies, including speech and language, occupational or physiotherapy (after an assessment by an NHS health professional)
  • support with the move to nursery or school with visits to help your child to settle in.  
Your child might get this support:
  • at home
  • in groups organised by us – for parents and children
  • in early education
  • in schools during the move from early education.
We will pay for this support.
 

Support for children with complex needs

If your child has profound or multiple learning difficulties or a severe disability, a member of our Inclusion Service will work with you to organise and plan support for your child. Other health or care professionals may help too.

The kind of support your child gets might include:
  • an assessment of your child’s strengths and areas for development
  • help to manage your child’s medical needs
  • a support plan and targets for your child, developed with you
  • a check on your child’s progress every six weeks, depending his or her age and needs 
  • special development groups run throughout the borough by experienced SEN staff
  • information about therapies, including speech and language, occupational or physiotherapy (after an assessment by an NHS health professional)
  • a named person (key worker) who will be your single point of contact to help you and other education, health and care professionals.
  • advice from specialist teachers and SEN professionals when moving from early education to school.
Your child might get this support:
  • at home
  • in groups organised by us – for parents and children
  • in early education
  • in schools during the move from nursery.
We will pay for this support.
 
 

Early education places

For information about places in early education, go to our pages on free early education for three and four-year olds and free early education for two-year olds.

Organisations offering early education will have two special educational needs co-ordinators (SENCOs) who will organise your child’s learning.

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Contact us

  • 0-25 Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEN) Service
    London Borough of Newham
    Newham Dockside
    1000 Dockside Road
    London
    E16 2QU

    020 8430 2000