Early Identification Officer
We offer advice, support and guidance to parents via an Early Identification Officer who works directly with children and parents in the family home.
The Early Identification Officer provides advice and support to families who have a young child with complex needs. She offers support to parents in a variety of ways including working with other partners, developmental support, assistance with form filling and support to access an appropriate early years setting of their choice.
She will help identity at least three settings and visit with the child and family. She will support the parent and the setting to access and organise any specialist training that may be required to assist them in meeting the child’s needs. If parents choose not to send their child to an early years setting the Early Identification Officer will support them in the process of accessing a school place when required, supporting parents with EHCP requests where relevant.
Early Support provides services for families with a disabled child in their pre-school years. These children will have significant and profound learning, sensory impairment, physical impairment, social and communication difficulties, autism, and other disabilities and conditions that will impact on their life long development and learning. For example;
- Young babies leaving hospital with medical and other support needs, where parents and carers need practical help to care for their child at home
- Children where the need for longer term additional help to address their learning and development needs becomes clear only in the second or third year of life
- Children who have obvious multiple and significant factors affecting development and learning and those with less obvious difficulties but nevertheless will require significant additional help to address their learning and development needs on an ongoing basis.
- Working in partnership with parents or carers, the service ensures that parents or carers are at the heart of the discussion and decision making about their children, particularly when they are in contact with many different people and agencies and need help to integrate service planning and delivery.
Early Support Coordinator
The Early Support Coordinator is the single access point for all referrals where a child in their pre-school years is identified as having additional needs. They support the family and ensure a coordinated approach to all support services/interventions. They also provide information and resources together with gathering and coordinating feedback regarding services, to provide a central point of contact for the parent/carer and professionals.To contact the early support coordinator please email:
Susan Ishmael. Susan.firstname.lastname@example.org
A leaflet is available explaining the Early Support Pathway and you can also view a copy of 'All About Me' which is a document to help everyone work together to support you and your child.