Our SEND services consist of:
- educational psychologists
- Early Years SEND team
- SEND team
The services provide support, guidance and advice to all educational settings, parents and professionals with regards to supporting children and young people with SEND.
Educational psychology services
An educational psychologist is someone trained to help children and young people (from 0 - 25) with their learning and development. All educational psychologists are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Early years SEND team
Our special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) early years team contains early years advisory teachers and specialist practitioners and it forms part of our special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) service. The team provides support to children with additional needs or who are disabled, their parents/carers and the settings they attend.
To ensure that your child receives the best support we can offer, we will complete an initial assessment with you and your child - either at home, if your child is not attending an early years setting (such as a nursery, or childminder), or in their early years setting.
We offer home visits and when your child is ready to access an early years setting, we will work with you and the setting to ensure a smooth transition, helping your child to settle successfully. We will continue to work with you, your child and their early years setting to build on your child's skills and encourage their progress in play, learning and communication.
We will work with you and your child's early years setting offering advice and guidance on all aspects of your child’s development, progress and future planning. We will help the setting to identify any additional support your child may need and we will help them to provide this. We work closely with other professionals some of whom your child may already be receiving support from such as physiotherapists or speech and language therapists. We will continue to work with your child until they transfer to school.
Referrals to our early years SEND team will be accepted from health and care professionals and special educational needs coordinators in early years settings.
- early years SEND referral form (PDF 166KB)
- early years SEND funding form for schools (PDF 444.5KB)
- early years SEND funding form for private, voluntary and independent childcare and education settings (PDF 447KB)
- SEND guidance in the early years: a graduated approach (PDF 1.6MB)
- early years parent information leaflet (PDF 688.4KB)
- early years flowchart (PDF 276.1KB)
- early years SEND team overview (PDF 225.1KB)
You can contact our early years SEND team on 0300 300 4364.
Special educational needs (SEN) team
Our SEN team works with parents, carers and children and young people aged from 0-25 who have an Educational Health Care Plan, to ensure that appropriate educational provision is provided.
The team works in partnership with parents/carers, children/young people, our health and social care team and the education setting to ensure that they have the most up-to-date advice on the child or young person. Our SEN team:
- gather information about the EHC Needs Assessment
- develops and writes the EHC plans
- attend and monitor Annual Reviews
- hold school admissions information for children with an EHC Plan
- can advise around SEN Tribunals (SENDIST)
- administer resources/funds to schools to support children/young people who have an EHC Plan
- facilitate SEND reform training for professionals and parents
You can contact the SEN Team on 0300 300 8356 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Head of Special Educational Needs and Disability: Louise Bartos
Louise joined us in April 2018, having previously worked at Buckinghamshire Council and Milton Keynes Council. She's worked within special educational needs (SEN) since 2002.
Louise manages our educational psychology team, early years team and special educational needs team.
All the teams work in one of the localities linked to an educational setting. Our five localities are:
- Houghton Regis
- Leighton Buzzard
- Ivel Valley (includes Arlesey, Stotfold, Biggleswade, Shefford and surrounding areas)
- West Mid Beds (includes Ampthill, Flitwick and surrounding areas)
You can find out who your allocated Educational Psychologist, SEND Team, and Early Years reprehensive is by the links below (last updated April 2019):
- Educational Psychologist (link opens in new window)
- SEND Team (link opens in new window)
- Early Years Team (link opens in new window)
Please note that this information regularly changes and we will ensure that these contact details are frequently updated.