Threemilestone Pre-School has qualified Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) staff to ensure that children with special educational needs are included in all areas of the pre-school life. Individual support plans will be produced for any child who is deemed to need additional help.
We are committed to working with children to encourage them to reach their full potential. Occasionally, it may be necessary to involve other outside professionals such as a speech and language therapist. With your agreement, we work with 'Parents as Partners' for the benefit of all children in our care in line with the Graduated Response document implemented by Cornwall Council.
If you have any concerns with your child's development please feel free to approach their keyworker. Alternatively, Tracey Dunstan our Level 3 trained SENCO is more than happy to discuss with you any worries you may have for your child. Tracey also has a dedicated support team who work closely with her, using known SEN strategies, to meet the needs of all children in the setting. So if Tracey is unavailable, Ria Brandreth and Marie Fenemore-Jones will also be available to answer any queries or concerns you may have.
Below are some links which you may find helpful in explaining the guidelines we work to within the setting to ensure that all children's needs are met.
The SEN Code of Practice, sets out the principles to be used by professionals working with children and young people who have SEN or disabilities. Cornwal Council produce strategies and policies to ensure those principles are carried out. To find out more information click on the links below:
SENDIASS is Cornwall's Information, Advice and Support Service which is a statutory service providing support, impartial advice and guidance to help parents of children with special educational needs and children and young people with SEND from 0-25. This link will explain in more detail aspects of their service which are provided free. What you can expect - SEND IASS - Cornwall (cornwallsendiass.org.uk)
Disability Living Allowance for Children:
Disability Living Allowance for children may help with the extra costs of looking after a child who is under 16 and has a health condition, physical or mental disability or who requires much more looking after than a child of the same ago who does not have a disability. The child does not need to have an actual diagnosis from a doctor. It is also not means-tested so it does not matter what income or savings you have. The current DLA rate is between £26.90 - £172.50 a week depending on the level of help the child needs. Details of how to make a claim can be found on the Government webiste:
The setting are more than happy to support you in completing this complicated and long form, so feel free to speak to one of our SENCO Team or Sarah the Manager. There is a very useful guidance document on the Cerebra Website which details, in easy to understand language, aspects to consider when completing the DLA Form and the link is below: