SENCO – Special Educational Needs Coordinator

A named SENCO is required in all Early Years settings to support and guide children with SEND and their families. Bev Hughes is Busy Bees SENCO.

The SENCO ensures all practitioners in the setting understand their responsibilities to children with SEND and the settings approach to identifying and meeting the needs of the individual child and the family.

As the setting’s SENCO, Bev supports and advises colleagues with next steps, IEP targets and play strategies to support children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities.

Bev works in close partnership with parents to ensure they are fully informed of any processes in place and the developmental stages of the child. Strategies and targets are discussed between Bev as SENCO, the child’s Key Person and of course parents, to complete an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) if necessary. This is not to be seen as a negative or daunting - it is a plan to be used in setting and at home if possible, which includes small achievable targets to support the child’s development. Early identification and intervention is key to give a child the best possible start in their learning journey. As a setting we strive to support children to have the ability to access all available resources and activities where possible and to grow and develop into confident and independent adults.

Parents are an important part of a child’s learning journey therefore we encourage parents to be involved in every step to support their child’s learning and development.

Bev, along with the child’s Key Person, would be your first port of call if you have any concerns regarding your child’s development. Together we will evaluate and implement any additional support required as well as guiding you as a family through any processes and give you advice regarding services that are available to you as a family.

We are always here for an informal chat to ease your mind. We may not always have the answer however we will do our utmost to find the appropriate services to support you.