Role of the Parenting & Families Team
Childcare providers in Bury are supported to deliver an integrated approach to fulfil their responsibilities towards meeting the needs of children with Special Educational needs and/or disability. A collaborative approach with a variety of professionals ensure co-ordination of all referrals so children with special educational needs and/or disabilities are supported to ensure the most appropriate intervention/ pathway for the child and to therefore ensure partnership working.
The Parenting & Families team support settings to scaffold the learning of these children as an Early Help ‘model’.
They work in partnership with many services including; Educational Psychologists, SALT, Specialist health visitor team, Sensory Needs team, Children’s Centres, Health Visitors, Portage team, SEN team and schools. The collaborative working is reflected in joint meetings, TAF meetings, transition meetings; person centred planning meetings, visits to the settings and ongoing support by the team to the settings. This also ensures that information is shared and there is a clear understanding of the role to minimise duplication.
The team facilitate Parenting clinics for families of early years children (0-5 year olds) across Bury, they offer advice and support to assist them in responding to the diverse needs of children in their care. They also support providers to recognise through early identification, children and families who may require further support or intervention.
Parenting clinics have provided an increased opportunity to offer low level parenting support to families at an early help level that have identified specifically that behaviour/ parenting is an issue, ensuring families are given consistent and evidence based strategies. This has shown a significant increase on the impact on secondary impact factors including school readiness, reduction in family breakdown and improvement in school attainment.
The team liaise with families and partner agencies acting as a broker for childcare and other relevant services. They provide advice and practical support enabling informed decisions to be made which meet children’s individual requirements.
Support involves discussion with parents and other specialist agencies to assess the child’s needs, collaboration with early years settings ensures the child can access early learning and childcare opportunities effectively.
Parents receive one-to-one support enabling them to access their choice of provision. During the induction process, parents knowledge and understanding of their child is encouraged to be shared and recorded
We provide the following services to childcare providers, children and families. For further information please click on the links below:
- Access and Inclusion support
- Early Years Provider Information on S.E.N.D
- Early Years SEN Targeted Support Funding
- Parenting - Information for Parent/Carers
- Parenting - Infomation for Referrers