The Early Years Inclusion Service consists of a team of advisory teachers and specialist support workers who work with pre-school children aged 0-5 years with additional needs and/or disabilities.
Our specialist support workers offer a range of support to children, families and early years settings depending on the child’s presenting need and circumstances. The team are highly skilled, experienced professionals work in partnership with parents and other professionals to plan realistic goals, using a step-by-step approach for the children, based on their individual needs. Nursery visits are also offered to ensure continuity of strategies and approaches between the home and nursery environments. The specialist support workers work within 3 different areas but there is flexibility across team:
Portage provides an early intervention home learning service for pre-school aged children with additional needs and/or disabilities and their families. The teams are highly skilled, experienced professionals who help parents and children learn together and play together.
Portage is based on three key principles:
- Child led play
- Family focused approach
- Structured teaching
Our trained portage home visitors work in partnership with parents and other professionals to plan realistic goals, using a step-by-step approach for the children, based on their individual needs.
Advisory Teachers Additional Needs (ATANS)
ATANS provide advice to parents and professionals to ensure children with complex disabilities receive a positive experience when they start Nursery. They work directly with children, their parents and setting staff primarily in pre school settings and in the home when required. They also work in partnership with a range of multi agency staff to advise and develop evidence based strategies to enable all children to access learning and play opportunities. When children are due for school ATANS work with parents and professionals to ensure a smooth and seamless transition for children with additional needs and disabilities into the foundation stage of school through the Transition Plus policy.
Early Years AET Training
Communication Interaction Team Early Years (CITEY)
What we do
- Provide intensive, individualised support within the home and in Early Years settings for children aged 0 – 5 years who have complex social communication needs and Autism Spectrum Conditions
- Provide parent training around relevant strategies and resources for children with complex social communication needs and Autism Spectrum Conditions.
- Deliver training for Early Years settings around social communication needs and Autism Spectrum Conditions.
- Support Early Years settings in developing their capacity to meet the needs of pre-school children who have complex social communication needs and Autism Spectrum conditions.
- Support the enhanced transitions of pre-school children into Early Years settings and into the school Foundation Stage.
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.
The Step by Step Together groups are a small 'drop in' group for parents who have concerns about their child/children's development. The groups provide a safe place for children to learn to play and learn with their peers. They also provide parents with a support network and introduction to children's centre activities.
Six Step Groups are held in children's centres throughout the city (at least one in each locality) for parents/carers to visit with their children.
Each group is facilitated by a children's centre worker and supported by a specialist portage home visitor and sometimes a volunteer (usually a parent).
The focus of the groups is based on the children having fun. Specialist toys and play activities are available for children at all stages and ages of development from 0 to 4 years.
Advice and support is offered from experienced professionals along with information about services that will help parents help their children.
As it is a 'drop in' group there is no need for a referral, parents can attend any group in the city that suit their needs. The groups are held during term time but some groups are available in the school holidays.
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.