Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

What if my child has Special Educational Needs or Disabilities?

Here at Wye Under Fives we are passionate about providing opportunities for all children and firmly believe that every child deserves the best possible start in life.

We are committed to providing a fully inclusive experience for all of our children and aspirations and expectations are high for everyone.

If your child has a special need or disability or you are worried that your child isn’t developing or reaching their milestones as you expect, please call or visit us and speak to our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) to discuss any issues that you may have.

We aim to identify and respond to any initial concerns as soon as possible so that we can work in strong partnership with you and put effective arrangements in place.

All children are allocated a ‘Key Person’ (a member of the team who is responsible for overseeing the well-being and development of your child). Our team have lots of experience of helping children with a wide variety of additional needs and so he or she will be well looked after.  If your child does have additional needs, then the Key Person will be guided and supported by our SENCo to ensure that their needs are fully anticipated and met.

We’ll closely monitor your child’s progress and tailor their plans on a regular basis.  This is commonly known as the ‘assess, plan, do, review’ approach and you will be involved in the decision-making process, too.

If it is agreed that extra help is needed, our SENCo will liaise with outside professionals such as the Equality and Inclusion Team, Specialist Teaching and Learning Service, the Speech and Language Therapy Team etc., and will make any necessary referrals for you.

Together we’ll build a team and a plan specifically tailored to meet the needs of your child, both here and moving forward as they continue their educational journey.


NB/ All settings are required to contribute to the ‘Local Offer’.  This is information for parents about support available to children and young people with SEND.  Ours can be found here.


The following are links to helpful websites with advice and information covering a range of topics related to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities:

These are links to some local groups and services:

Kent Local Offer

Information, Advice& Support Kent – IASK

21 Together – Raising Expectations within the Down Syndrome Community

Kent Wide Down Syndrome Group

ASD Ashford

Find a Voice – Helping People Communicate


More help and advice…

Talking Point

The National Autistic Society

Down’s Syndrome Association


The Council for Disabled Children


These links cover the legislation and statutory guidance which underpins our practice…

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Code of Practice: 0-25 years (January 2015)

Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage

The Mental Capacity Act 2005

The Equality Act 2010

The Children and Families Act 2014

The Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014

The Special Educational Needs (Personal Budgets) Regulations 2014

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities