Special Educational Needs & Disability
Sure Start Children’s Centres North Halifax Partnership are inclusive and accessible to all. All Children’s Centres throughout North and East and the Lower Valley welcome everyone to groups and sessions available throughout the centres.
Each centre has a named SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) who is there to offer support and guidance to parents/carers and children. If you require further information please contact your nearest Children’s Centre.
Our local offer is outlined on Calderdale Council’s Local offer page, please click the link: http://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/residents/education-and-learning/local-offer-children-special-needs-and-disabilities this page has all the information you need on the support and services available to children and young people (birth to 25 yrs.) with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities. Calderdale Council also have a face book page and the link is: https://www.facebook.com/Calderdale-Local-Offer-1021684324516755/
As Children’s Centres we have good working relationships with a range professionals for example speech and language therapist, portage and health visitors.
Each Children’s Centre offers Rhyme and Reading session with the speech and language therapists. The Rhyme and Reading sessions rotate around each Children’s Centre. There are trained staff on hand to facilitate the session. During these activities there are fun activities for you and your child to play and explore.
DCATCH (Disabled Children Access to Childcare) is funding that can be applied for specifically for children between 0-5 years who have additional needs and may need some additional support, resources to make adaptations within the nursery environment in order for the child to access nursery provision.
www.nasen.org.uk ( national association special educational needs )
Saturday Splat runs from Wellholme Park Children’s Centre on the first Saturday of every month 10 -11.30 am. The group is for all children aged up to 11 who have additional needs and their families. There is a small cost of £1.50 per family.
At Saturday Splat children’s learning is based around play, staff plan exciting play opportunities for your children. Activities include Book area, water, sand, creative activities, construction, role play, small world, malleable play i.e. play dough, corn flour, foam, musical instruments, treasure baskets, investigation areas and sensory area. Wellhome offers a large outdoor play area.
For further information contact Sammi Watkins at Wellholme Park Children’s Centre 01484 714768
Short Breaks for Children &Young people.
A Short Break can give a child with an additional need the opportunity to have an enjoyable experience accessing local services with the support of a Personnel Assistant.
For further information or to see if your child/young person would qualify please contact the Disabled Children Family Link Co-ordinator on Tel: 01422 394087 or 07775110188
Or contact Calderdale Parents and Carers on 01422 343090 email firstname.lastname@example.org
External organisations that offer Support for Parents and Carers
Once you click on the external website to view its content, we hope you will find it useful but Sure Start Children’s Centres North Halifax Partnership accept no responsibility for advice given by accessing these links
Autism Links – Useful links to information and resources, suggested and used by families with children and young people with Autism – http://www.autismlinks.co.uk/
Brain injury Support and Resource Website – run by parents for parents the website offers information and support including:medical issues, nutrition, therapies, disability and family rights, holiday advice, equipment – http://brainstars.co.uk/
Calderdale blue badge scheme: A national arrangement of parking concessions for people with severe mobility problems to access good s and services by allowing them to park close to their destination – Tel: 01422 393000 – www.calderdale.gov.uk/transport/parking/bluebadge
Calderdale Carers – a charity working to improve the lives of adult carers throughout Calderdale – Suite 3, Rimani House, 14-16 Hall Street, Halifax, HX1 5BD Tel: 01422 369101 www.calderdale-carers.co.uk
Calderdale Downs Syndrome Association – a support group for adults, children and young people with Downs Syndrome Tel: 01422 344987
Calderdale National Autistic Society – Calderdale.nas.org.uk e-mail them at email@example.com
Communication Matters – Aims to increase understanding, awareness and knowledge of the needs of people with complex communication needs – http://www.communicationmatters.org.uk/
Contact a Family – Learn from the experience of other parents of SEND children. Provides a wide range of advice and support for families with disabled children – Tel: 0808 808 3555 – www.cafamily.org.uk
Huddersfield Downs Syndrome Association – http://www.hdssg.org/
Shabang – Provide accessible arts sessions for children and young people with additional needs https://www.shabang.org.uk
Unique Ways is a parent led organisation that provides support and delivers a range of services to help parents and carers of children with additional needs. We exist for all families of disabled children and young people in Calderdale aged 0-25 who have special needs, ongoing health conditions, physical disabilities or learning disabilities, including those who are awaiting diagnosis.
Whether you want help to navigate the disability and SEN systems, speak to someone who has an idea of what you are going through, access training, meet new friends or have your opinion on local services hear, the team can help.
Contact Helen Norris from Unique Ways on 01422 343090 web address: www.uniqueways.org.uk