Infants & Young Children 0 - 4
Camden offers services to all families with children under 5 years old and specialist services for children with learning difficulties or a disability.
Early years services in Camden follow the graduated response as outlined in the code of practice for the identification, assessment and meeting the needs of children with special educational needs.
We commission and employ a range of professionals to assess a child’s needs who provide appropriate services or refer to other agencies.
This includes collaboration with:
- Speech & language therapists
- Early Years Intervention Team
- Educational Psychology
- MOSAIC (social care and health professionals) and a range of other services that support young children and their families.
- Camden Advisory Service for Deaf and Hearing Impaired children and young people
- Camden Advisory Service for the visually impaired and those with multiple sensory impairments
In order to ensure children’s needs are identified and met as quickly as possible the service supports providers of early years services such as:
- Stay and Play drop-ins
- Child minders
- Parenting support and early help
To find out more about the range of services for all families in Camden click here.
All providers are encouraged to take up training opportunities to enable them to identify and meet the needs of most children. If a child has needs that the service can’t meet then support is offered in a timely manner. In nurseries this support is from the Area SENCOs..
Area SENCOs are available to support settings in some of the following ways:
- Phone Advice Line (PAL) for concerns about children
- The EYIT e-mail enquiry line mailbox for general advice on SEN procedures EYITenquiries@camden.gov.uk
- Nursery SENCO visits
- Individual Education Plans (IEP) or Targeted plans (TPs) writing and reviews
- Assistance with Procedures, Policies and Practice
- Specialist equipment loans
- Training and Forums
- Signposting to other services or agencies
- Identification and assessment of children with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities
- Multi-agency planning with colleagues from other teams, including Team Around the Child (TAC) and Joint Planning Meetings (JPM)
- Support for the transition of children with SEND into, or on from, nursery by attending a Multi-Agency Planning (MAP) meeting
- Coaching staff to deliver 1:1 evidenced-based interventions directly with a child
- Interventions with parent
- Interventions through small groups
- Further assessments
- Monitoring of child’s progress over time
When children have severe and /or complex needs a nursery may refer for direct support with specialist equipment and /or interventions from the Early Years Intervention Team (EYIT). This includes some of those listed below:
- EYIT offer direct interventions to children, and plan individually tailored programmes for example Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS).
- EYIT support the nursery to implement programmes supported by health professionals
- The Specialist Teacher for Children with Social Communication Needs who works in the ‘enhanced ASD places’ is based in EYIT
- EYIT contribute to parent support programmes (e.g. EarlyBird)