The Early Year Inclusion Service support pre-school children with additional needs and disabilities. The service includes several teams; these teams can provide support through home visits, nursery visits or by attending meetings with parents and professionals and in some cases they will support the children with transition into school. The support can be given in the child’s home or in their nursery, this is dependent on the needs of the child and the team involved.
Accessing our services
To request support, a referral should be made to the Early Years Intake Panel through the Gateway. Contact the Gateway on 668000 or Gateway@plymouth.gov.uk for more information.
The referral may be from professionals or from parents who are concerned their child has a delay in their development. Not all children with additional needs qualify for support from the Early Years Inclusion Service, some children with additional needs can be supported through universal services such as their nursery and their health visitor. You may choose to discuss with your health visitor the need for support for your child with developmental delay.
Early Years Inclusion Service teams can support your child by:
- liaising with other services, for example Speech and Language therapists, paediatricians, physiotherapists.
- supporting proposals for Education, Health and Care Plans
- attending multi agency meetings; this is where other professionals who work with the child meet to enable ideas and strategies to be share with all professional involved.
- signposting families to other information and services
- promoting Step by Step Together Groups held in children’s Centres
The teams within Early Years Inclusion Service are listed below.
Advisory Teachers Additional Needs (ATAN)
ATANs are qualified teachers who provide advice to parents and professionals to ensure children with additional needs and disabilities access learning opportunities in the nursery. They offer strategies to the nursery staff to ensure they are providing good practice to support the children and ensure they have the environment to play and develop their learning. ATANs can support families at multi-agency meetings; at these meetings other professionals who work with the child discuss ideas and strategies to help the child progress. These are recorded and shared with all professionals involved. ATANs work is mainly in the nursery setting but they can attend home visits when required.
When pre-school children with additional needs and disabilities are due to start school, ATANs can support parents and professionals to ensure the child has a smooth transition into foundation stage; this is called enhanced transition. Policies and details of transition planning are shown in the links below.
Enhanced Transition Framework
- Plymouth Framework For Enhanced Transition [PDF, 560KB]
- Transition Action Plan (Handwritten version) [Word, 136KB]
- Transition Action Plan (Electronic version) [Word, 126KB]
- Enhanced Transitions Early Years To School [PDF, 300KB ]
Useful Transition Resources
If you have any other useful resources or links that it would be beneficial to add below, please do not hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org with relevant details.
Person Centred Approaches
- Plymouth Online Directory
- Plymouth School Admissions
- Plymouth Information, Advice, and Support for SEND (PIAS)
Inclusion Advisory Specialist Support Workers (IAW)
Inclusion Advisory specialist support workers role is primarily to support the nursery to ensure they provide learning opportunities for children with additional needs and disabilities. IAWs will meet parents and can also work in the home. Working in both nursery and home ensures advice is shared with parents and professionals.
In the home an IAW will show parents how to help with child by modelling activities. Advice can be given to support children in all areas of learning and IAWs will link with other professionals involved. For example they may link with a Speech and Language Therapist and help the family and nursery with the suggestions made by that service.
Portage Specialist Support Workers
Portage is a home visiting service which supports pre-school children with additional needs and disabilities, this service usually visit the family and child weekly. Families are given support and strategies to be able to help develop their child’s skills through play. The support is based on the Portage principals, working on small steps to achieve the outcome.
Portage specialist support workers can visit the child in the nursery and link with other professional involved. They will attend multi agency meetings to share ideas and strategies with all professionals involved. They will support parents at the meetings.
Plymouth Portage is rated as a 5 star service and details of the National Portage Association can be found on line at www.portage.org.uk .
Parents and professionals can learn about Portage by attending a Portage Workshop
Communication Interaction Team Early Years (CITEY) Specialist Support Workers
The support provided by the Communication Interaction Team is for children with social communication difficulties including those with a diagnosis of Autism. The support is given in both nursery and home with several visits each week. This will be provided over a maximum of 12 weeks. Working in both the home and the nursery will enable individual support that is consistent in both places. The support given in nursery helps the whole nursery meet the needs of the child.
CITEY will attend multi agency meetings, this is where other professionals who work with the child meet to enable ideas and strategies to be share with other professional involved.
Step by Step Together Groups
Step by Step Together Groups (term time only) located in Children's Centres in the City. Participating children's centres are listed in the document below.
Step by step together groups [PDF, 47KB ]
Step by Step together Groups are located in 6 children’s centres in the city for parents who have a concern about their child’s development. Parents can attend any group in the city which suits their needs. Groups usually run during the school term only. Participating children centre are shown on the link below.
The Step by Step Together groups are small groups which you can drop in to, there is no need to book or have a referral. The groups provided a safe place for children to learn to play. Advice and support is offered along with information about services to support the children.
Specialist Support Workers from SEND give advice to families in the group. Children’s centre staff provide information on other opportunities locally.
The focus of the groups is based on the children having fun. Specialist toys and play activities are available for children of all stages and ages of development 0 – 4 years.
- 0-25 Team
- Me2 Funding
- Friends and Family of Special Children
- Disability Living Allowance
- Plymouth Information & Advice for SEND
Related pages and services
- 0 - 25 Statutory Assessment Team
- Communication Interaction Team
- Educational Psychology Service
- Plymouth Advisory Team for Sensory Support (PATSS)
- SEND Children's Occupational Therapy Service
- SEND Strategic Advice and Support
- Children's Disability Team Social Care
This page is part of Plymouth's Local Offer.