Early Years – Support for children 0-5 with special educational needs
A child may have special educational needs (SEN) because they are finding it harder to learn than other children of the same age. This may be a need related to:
- communicating or mixing with others
- mental health
- thinking and understanding
- sight or hearing
- physical development
- social or emotional development.
A disability is a physical or mental impairment that has a long term and substantial negative impact on daily life and a child will only have special educational needs if the disability impacts on his or her learning.
If your child is of pre-school age talk to your health visitor or doctor. If your child is already attending or about to start a pre-school, such as a nursery or play group, discuss your concerns with the SENCO (SEN Coordinator).
There is more information and advice through the Local Offer at Early years – Wiltshire Council.
A useful guide on the support system for children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND). SEND: guide for parents and carers –
Primary and Secondary School aged children (5-16) with SEN
Talk to your GP, health visitor or school staff if you are worried that your child has special educational needs. They will work with you to discuss any concerns and identify needs so that your child receives the right teaching as quickly as possible.
For information about Wiltshire’s SEND Service, call 01225 757985 option 5. Calls will be answered by a SEND Lead Worker. Lines are open every weekday from 9am-4.30pm excluding bank holidays. Outside these times you can leave a message and a SEND Leader will get back to you within 48 hours (excluding weekends).
Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or My Plan – These are how support is assessed, planned and captured for children and young people with SEND when their needs cannot be met within local mainstream early years settings, schools or colleges. There is more information including how to request assessment for an EHCP/MyPlan at- Primary – Wiltshire Council.
For information on advice and support including a list of schools and colleges in Wiltshire offering specialist educational support – Schools providers primary – Wiltshire Council.
Preparing for adulthood – learning and training after the age of 16
Many young people with special educational needs will attend a mainstream college or training provider with other young people of the same age. Find out more about educational and employment provision on the Wiltshire Council website Schools and colleges for young people aged 16 and above – Wiltshire Council.
The Wiltshire Employment Support Team (WEST) is a supported employment service for young people and adults with special educational needs and disabilities, including autism. They aim to support young people with SEND to find and keep various levels of paid employment.
For more information call the team on: 01225 718004 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about these services call the team on: 01225 718004 or email email@example.com
If you do have SEND there are adjustments that can be made and support available to help you go on to study and work to the best of your ability.
It is important for you to be aware of your rights that you are entitled to whilst working. It is unlawful for employers to discriminate against anyone with a disability. Protection against disability discrimination can be found within The Equalities Act 2010 which covers the following areas:
This Equalities Act covers the Police, armed forces and people on practical work experience, whether paid or unpaid. However some volunteers are excluded from the protection provisions so please seek specialist advice. It also protects those who suffer discrimination because they associate with the disabled, e.g. their carers. This is known as associative discrimination.
For further assistance please see the links below: