Early Years and Primary Inclusion Team

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In September 2021 the Early Years Specialist Support Service changed to the Early Years and Primary Inclusion Team. This team includes the Cleveland Unit Child Development Centre and is based in the SEND and Inclusion Hub at Hemlington.

Early Years and Primary Inclusion

The Early Years and Primary Inclusion team supports children aged 2-11 years who are school age or attending a government funded early years setting. As part of the 0-25 Inclusion and Outreach model, the team provides:

  • support, advice and guidance to staff in Early Years Settings and Schools to help them to include children successfully in the parents/carers’ preferred setting
  • direct support for children in those settings
  • planning for smooth transition from one setting to another
  • where appropriate, children can be considered for places in a more specialist educational setting

 

When schools or EY settings have concerns about successfully including a child in their setting they can request support directly from their allocated Inclusion Officer. If more extensive direct work is required this can be accessed via referral to the multi-agency Inclusion Triage panel.

The EYP Inclusion Team also monitors the use of specific funding such as 'Disability Access Fund' and 'Inclusion Fund'.

The Early Years and Primary Inclusion team includes the EYPI manager, Senior Inclusion Officer, Inclusion Officers and Outreach Practitioners. The team works in close partnership with Local Authority Specialist Teachers for Autism and Social Emotional and Mental Health and the Secondary and Post 16 Inclusion Team.  

 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Jennie Kitchen
Contact Position
Head of Service
Telephone
01642 201831 01642 201831
E-mail
sen@middlesbrough.gov.uk

Where to go

Name
Early Years and Primary Inclusion Team
Address
Hemlington Initiative Centre (Next to Hemlington Recreation Centre)
Cass House Road
Hemlington
Middlesbrough
Postcode
TS8 9QW
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Time / Date Details

When is it on
Staff can be contacted Term Time Only: Monday - Friday: 8.45am - 4.00pm
Session Information
Portage Groups run on Tuesdays
Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Costs

No costs - specialist referral only service 

Availability

Age Ranges
0 - 11 years
Referral required
Referral Details

Referrals

Referrals from Health Professionals for pre-school children should be completed on the new Inclusion Triage referral form (see ‘downloads’ link on this page) and sent to sen@middlesbrough.gov.uk for consideration by the multi-agency Inclusion Triage panel.

Schools and Early Years settings have allocated Inclusion Officers (see ‘downloads’ link for list), who they should contact directly re any concerns.

For any other queries please use the Single Point of Contact duty line on 01642 201831 or email the Single Point of Contact at  sen@middlesbroguh.gov.uk

Other notes

We are a specialist service for children who have or may have special educational needs and/or disabilities and for Schools and Early Years Settings who are concerned about including a child in their setting. 

Local Offer

Description

The Early Years and Primary Inclusion team (incorporating the Cleveland Unit Child Development Centre/Portage and Cleveland Unit Assessment Nursery), support children with a wide variety of needs including special educational needs, autism, downs syndrome and other learning disabilities, learning difficulties, learning delay, cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities, visual impairment, hearing impairment, sensory integration difficulties, global developmental delay, communication needs, social emotional and mental health needs and children who may present with distressed behaviour for which the cause is not yet known.

The Early Years and Primary Inclusion team (incorporating the Cleveland Unit Child Development Centre/Portage and Cleveland Unit Assessment Nursery), support children with a wide variety of needs including special educational needs, autism, downs syndrome and other learning disabilities, learning difficulties, learning delay, cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities, visual impairment, hearing impairment, sensory integration difficulties, global developmental delay, communication needs, social emotional and mental health needs and children who may present with distressed behaviour for which the cause is not yet known.

Local Offer Age Bands
Pre-Birth - 5 Years
5 -11 Years
Needs Level
High
SEN Provision Type
Specialist

Schools Extended Local Offer Response

How does the setting/school/college know if children/young people need extra help and what should I do if I think my child/young person may have special educational needs?

 

How will the curriculum be matched to my child's/young person's needs?

 

How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?

 

Page last reviewed: 06/04/2022

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