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Early Years

Your child can receive support from the Early Years Inclusion Team if they have an identified or emerging complex special educational need/disability and are a Greenwich resident aged 2-5yrs who attends an early education or care setting that is in the Private, Voluntary or Independent (PVI) sector (i.e. not a local authority school), this includes childminders.

All Private, Voluntary or Independent sector setting in Greenwich have a named Early Years Inclusion Coordinator/ Area Senco that will offer general advice, support and training around early identification and Special Education Needs and Disability issues that arise in a setting.

If your child lives in Greenwich but attends a Private, Voluntary or Independent sector setting outside of the borough, you can still access the Early Years Inclusion Team for support for your child.  Your child’s out of borough setting should be able to access setting support through their own local borough based support services.

Details on how to contact the Early Years Inclusion Team are in 'related services' to your left.

Transition to primary school

1.    APPLYING FOR A PRIMARY SCHOOL

 

The Royal Borough of Greenwich provides information for parents applying for a Primary School place for their child. An interactive version of the ‘Primary Schools in Royal Greenwich’ booklet is available on the Royal Borough of Greenwich website. Reference hard copies are available in Royal Greenwich primary schools and libraries. The Families Information and Outreach Service organises sessions to support parents in making informed and realistic preferences, and provide help in completing the relevant forms. All schools have information in their Local Offer/SEND information report which outlines the specific processes for transition in and out of their schools.

Applying for a Primary school


· You need to complete the Common Application Form, stating your preference schools, from 1st September with a closing date of the 15th January. Details on how to apply are available on Royal Borough of Greenwich website.
· It is important that you consider each school’s admission arrangements and previous years’ application rates before deciding on your preference schools.
· You will receive the outcome of your application on the 18th April.

 

There are separate system for applying to Primary school, dependent on whether your child has an Education Health and Care Plan.


Applying for a school if your child has an EHC Plan


· Parents will be supported to state their preference for a Primary school in the autumn term e.g. at the review meeting
· Your preferred school/s will be consulted with and you will be informed of the outcome.
· In January final decisions about school placement are made
· By the 15th February the final EHC Plan naming your child’s primary school from the following September will be sent out

 

Transport to school


Detailed information is available in the Local Authority transport policy; however children of pre-school age will not be transported by the Royal Borough of Greenwich other than in exceptional circumstances, for example:

- Where they have special educational needs and/or live in excess of 2 miles from the Primary School (this does not apply to parent preferences where the local authority have identified a school within the 2 mile radius that can meet the child’s needs).

- Either the parent/carer or child has a disability

- There is intervention by Royal Borough of Greenwich on the grounds of safeguarding or social care.

 

Transition into school

Primary schools will have their own transition arrangements which may include:

  • Home visits
  • Visits into school to spend time in the classroom
  • Meetings for parents

Parents should ask the early years setting their child attends for the general transition arrangements they have for all children moving on to primary school

In some areas of the Local Authority early years settings have arrangements in place where they come together to share information on the children moving from their setting into Primary school.  

 
These events are typically held on an annual basis to support children to make a successful transition to their chosen Primary school.  Where they take place the events enable the transfer of child based information between the early years setting and primary school to support transition.

Transition planning for children who have more complex needs.

The Royal Borough of Greenwich is working towards a model of good practise for children who have more complex needs e.g. children with a lower level of Special Educational Need or Disability with a focus on those at SEND support, Looked after children (LAC), Children who have had behaviour support while in their early years setting.

 

  • Discussion with parents and Early Years setting re transition planning with the Primary school
  • Identification of a Lead Professional for the transition.
  • The Lead Professionals role may include:

Ensuring key information is shared before September

Coordinating a transition meeting.

 

 

 

 

Transition planning for children who have an EHCP.

 

  • Discussion with parents and Early Years setting re transition planning
  • Establishment of a Lead Professional for the transition, identified at a Team around the Child meeting
  • Lead Professional to set date for a transition meeting and co-ordinate attendance.

 

The Transition meeting:

  • Will usually take place in the summer term, involving parents, all professionals and settings involved in the transition
  • Will consider all key issues including level of support, involvement of key professionals, support to build independence and targets for successful transition.
  • An Action Plan will be agreed regarding which professionals will provide support e.g. creating a photo book of the new setting to act as an adapted Social Story for the child.
  • Dates for reciprocal meetings between settings to take place to get to know child.
  • Any records required to support information sharing e.g. a “Profile” to support the child and new staff in understanding their needs.
  • The meeting should identify which services continue to be involved, which will discharge and who will take on the role of Lead Professional moving forward.

 

           During the autumn term your child’s progress will be reviewed, which may include:

  • A meeting to review transition targets in school and in the home setting.
  • Setting new targets.

         

 

 

Transfer process into specialist provisions/schools

Most children attend mainstream schools and Ofsted inspection reports confirm that, overwhelmingly, they do well there. Some children who need a high level of support attend a Designated Specialist Provision (DSP) provided in some of Royal Borough of Greenwich’s mainstream schools or for children with very complex needs, a specialist school. These placements are agreed by the SEN Admission Panel.  The SEN Team will need to be advised of these preferences during the Autumn Term following an Annual Review.

 

Special schools and schools with a Designated Special Provision have specific processes, typically including:

  • Supported transition visits
  • Exchange visits between schools
  • Transition books to support individual students as needed
  • Transition passports/profiles

 

 

  1. 2.    FORMS USED TO TRANSFER INFORMATION BETWEEN EARLY YEARS SETTINGS AND PRIMARY SCHOOLS

 

The Local Authority has devised an information sharing template (Early Years Transfer Information), to support the transfer of information between early year’s settings and primary schools.

This form is designed to support the discussion between early year’s settings and primary SENCOs and as a written record of this contact between the setting/schools (provided permission for sharing information has been obtained by the child’s parents).

 

 

At the point of transfer all children known to the Early Years Inclusion Team with SEND will also have at least a one page profile, which will be circulated to all the adults that will be involved in supporting the child in their primary school, which gives an immediate profile of the child. This is developed in collaboration with parents, the child and their early years setting and may form part of the transition meeting.

 

 

 

 

  1. 3.    DESCRIPTION OF DIFFERENT TRANSITION PROJECTS AVAILABLE TO SUPPORT STUDENTS MOVING TO MAINSTREAM PRIMARY SCHOOL IN GREENWICH

 

There are many different transition projects that students can access in Greenwich to support their transition to primary school.

Many early years settings now run their own schemes for specific groups of children, and details can be obtained from the individual settings.

 

Schemes run centrally to support students transferring to mainstream primary schools are outlined below: 

 

 

SERVICE

 

CONTACT DETAILS

 

ELIGIBILITY/REFERRAL SYSTEM

 

 

IDENTIFIED AIMS OF INPUT

 

Royal Borough of Greenwich Early Years Inclusion Team

 

 

 

Anita Smith: Early Years Inclusion Team Leader

 

0208 921 3821

 

Anita.Smith@royalgreenwich.gov.uk

 

  • Foundation Stage -1
  • A child that has been referred into the service with complex special educational needs who is a Greenwich resident.
  • Attending an early education or care setting that is in the Private, Voluntary or Independent (PVI) sector, this includes child-minders
  • Transferring to a primary school.

 

 

 

 

  • To facilitate the smooth transition of pupils with complex needs to primary school.
  • To equip staff with appropriate resources to enable the transition to run smoothly.
  • To support PVI early years settings to complete at least a one page profile to identify the important things to be known about the child at transfer
  • To provide information, advice to parents so that they can support their child in their transition to primary school.

 

 

Royal Borough of Greenwich ASD Outreach Service

 

 

 

Roz Weeks: ASD Outreach Manager

 

020 8921 3311

 

Roz.Weeks@royalgreenwich.gov.uk

 

 

 

  • Diagnosis of an ASD
  • Attending a nursery setting and transferring to a mainstream primary school setting
  • Referrals can be made from any source, typically ASD Outreach service/families and schools.

 

  • To facilitate the smooth transition of pupils with ASD to primary school.
  • To equip staff with appropriate resources to enable the transition to run smoothly,
  • To provide information, advice and practical input to parents so that they can support their child in their transition to primary school.
  • To address the particular and specific needs of pupils with an ASD in particular anxiety, rigidity and difficulty with change through specific interventions, to include;
    • Providing information
    • Providing visual support
    • Providing transition books

 

Royal Borough of Greenwich Sensory Service

 

 

 

Rory McDonnell: Sensory Service

Team Leader

 

0208 921 5215

 

Rory.McDonnell@royalgreenwich.gov.uk

 

  • Diagnosis of Vision Impairment or Hearing Impairment
  • Attending a nursery setting and transferring to a mainstream primary school setting

Referrals can be made from any source, typically Audiology, Ophthalmology, families and schools.

 

Please note:

The service is free at the point of delivery to all PVI, all state nursery schools, all LA schools, all free schools and academies. If a child goes to a private/independent school then our service is chargeable from the time the child is five years old.

 

 

 

  • To facilitate the smooth transition of pupils with Sensory Impairment to primary school.
  • To equip staff with appropriate resources, training and equipment to enable the transition to run smoothly, to include deaf awareness training, VI Awareness training, and BSL courses when appropriate
  • To provide information, advice and practical input to parents so that they can support their child in their transition to primary school.
  • To address the particular and specific needs of pupils with a Sensory Impairment through specific interventions, and to include;
  • Providing information
  • Providing sign language support when appropriate
  • Providing Habilitation and pre-braille support when appropriate
  • Providing assistive listening equipment when appropriate

 

Royal Borough of Greenwich Support Team for Education in Primary and Secondary Schools (STEPS)

 

 

 

Helene Agnew: STEPS Team Leader

 

0208 921 3302

 

Helene.Agnew@royalgreenwich.gov.uk

 

  • Children with complex needs/Down’s Syndrome
  • Attending a nursery setting and transferring to a mainstream primary school setting

Referrals can be made from any source, typically EYT/families and schools.

 

  • To facilitate the smooth transition of pupils with complex needs/Down’s Syndrome to primary school
  • To equip staff with appropriate resources to enable the transition to run smoothly
  • To provide information, advice and practical input to parents so that they can support their child in their transition to primary school
  • To address the particular and specific needs of pupils with complex needs/Down’s Syndrome in particular S&L and understanding to include;
    • Providing information
    • Providing visual support
    • Providing transition books

 

 

Free Early Learning & Childcare

Free early learning for 2 year olds

If your child is two or will soon be two, he or she may be eligible for a free early learning place in Royal Greenwich.

This depends on certain criteria such as if your child has additional needs or if your family receives any of the following benefits:

  • Income-based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Child Tax Credit and/or Working Tax Credit (your annual gross income mustn't be over £16,190)
  • Universal Credit - from Summer 18, if you and your partner are on a low income from work (this usually means a combined income of less than £15,400 a year after tax)
  • Disability Related Working Tax Credit
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under part six of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Pension Credit Guarantee and Child Tax Credit.

A child can also get free early education and childcare if any of the following apply:

  • they’re looked after by a local council
  • they have a current education, health and care (EHC) plan
  • they get Disability Living Allowance
  • they’ve left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order

Check if your child is eligible

To find out if your child qualifies for a free early learning place please apply via our online checker

Free Early Learning 3 & 4 year olds

All children over three years old, including those with disabilities or special educational needs, are entitled to a free, part-time place in an early years setting. This can be in a school nursery, private nursery, pre-school, creche or with a childminder.

When your child can start

If your child is eligible, they can get free early learning the term after their second or third birthday. Use the table below to check when your child is eligible.

When eligible two & three year olds can start free early learning places

                  Date of birth                                        When they become eligible

Between 1 April and 31 August 1 September following their second birthday
Between 1 September and 31 December 1 January following their second birthday
Between 1 January and 31 March 1 April following their second birthday

How free early learning works

Free early learning places can be used at any of the following:

  • a registered childminder
  • a children's centre
  • a crèche
  • a nursery
  • a pre-school playgroup.

Your local children's centre or the Families Information Service can give you a list of places that your child can attend.

Early learning places are free at the point of delivery so you shouldn't be charged in advance for your place.

Flexible arrangements

You are allocated up to 15 hours a week for 38 weeks a year. You can spread your hours over three days or more, which can help if you're working or studying.

You can also spread the 15 hours across more than one provider if you want.

Children's Centres

Children's Centres

Children’s Centres are a ‘one-stop-shop’ for children under five and their families.

Whether you are a mother or father, parent-to-be, a grandparent or a carer – whoever you are, you will be welcomed. Children’s Centres can offer a range of support from skilled and enthusiastic staff. You can go to a Children’s Centre for:

  • early learning and childcare, in the centre and/or through local registered childminder networks or other providers
  • parenting and family support
  • health advice, including health visiting and midwifery services
  • services for disabled children and children with additional needs
  • support and help for parents to move into training and work
  • information and advice, including links with the Families Information Service
  • family fun and a place to make and meet friends

Children’s Centres in Royal Greenwich work closely with schools and some are on school sites. Other Children’s Centre services are also available within community settings. Services will vary between centres and families are welcome to visit any centre, not just the one local to their home.

You can find your nearest Children's Centre here

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