Transition support for reception classes – September 2020

The Babcock Early Years Consultants are able to extend their Area SENDCo role and offer support to Reception for a limited period as an outcome of COVID-19.

Aims:

Support Reception teachers and school SENDCos to:

  • Ensure that children who have been affected by lockdown, have missed early years education and are struggling to settle in school, have their needs identified and support provided
  • Reduce the number of children whose needs escalate, which directly impacts on their ability to access their education
  • Ensure that needs are addressed early and reviewed, therefore minimising the need to make requests for EHCP’s that have no supporting evidence
  • Reduce the risk of fixed term exclusions and permanent exclusions through the implementation of an inclusion plan

Access to support:

Babcock LDP Early Years Consultants will extend their Area SENDCo role to support Reception class teachers/school SENDCos with children who are identified as needing additional support. These children will not currently be supported by Nursery Plus or Babcock SEND and Inclusion Services.

The Early Years Consultants will provide virtual support to review individual needs and consider interventions for identified children who are failing to settle and engage effectively in their learning. An anonymised discussion can be provided in the first instance and further support could be offered with parental consent (see below). It will be agreed whether an onsite visit for an observation would be appropriate.

Schools should be following the EYFS graduated response and ensure that universal and targeted strategies are in place. During discussion it will be agreed whether Early Help should be part of the response.

In addition to the EYFS graduated response schools should have regard to A Graduated Response to Emotional Health and Wellbeing 21.07.20

The EYC will contact the school to monitor progress and support with further advice and guidance as agreed. The school can contact the EYC at any point if things are not improving.

If you have any concerns regarding a child or require any additional information about this offer please email your allocated Early Years Consultant to arrange a time to discuss this further.

Babcock Support Team contact details and Early Years Consultant Parental Consent Form during COVID-19.

Babcock Consultancy Team EYFS Newsletter – Sept 2020

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