Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

Support for parents and carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities

If you have a question about your child's health or development, speak to your health visitor, nursery worker, GP or a professional who works with them.

For further information, support, and guidance for parents and carers go to the Suffolk Local Offer website.

You may also find this information useful:

Early Years Notification Service

Early Information about your child helps the local authority to plan ahead to meet their needs. This is called Early Notification. Please click on this link to find out more about Early Notification:

Early Years Notification for Children under 5 Years

Information for parents and carers about Section 23

Little Stars

Little Stars is a support group run in our Family Hubs and provides guided play opportunities for children aged 1 and above who have a range of additional support needs. Little Stars offers a friendly, supportive environment for parents / carers to meet, share experiences and receive positive guidance on play and interaction. You can find details of when the group is running in your local Family Hub on their Suffolk Infolink page. This webpage will give you links to each Suffolk Infolink page:

Get in touch with Family Hubs

Solihull Approach - Understanding your child with additional needs

This online course is for parents with a child with additional needs. It is for parents, relatives and friends of children who may have a physical or learning disability or who may have autistic traits. In the UK, you may be within the SEND (Special educational needs and disability) system.

This course is in 2 sections. Level 1 lays the foundation for understanding your child. Level 2 looks at some particular aspects of parenting: sleeping and anger management, together with more about how we interact with each other. Understanding this can make it easier to work with your child's behaviour as well as supporting their development. Once you finish Level 1 you can progress to Level 2 if you would like to. You can print off a certificate at the end of the course as well as one at the end of Level 1.

Visit www.inourplace.co.uk and follow the instructions to set up an account. Once you have created an account enter the access code: WOLSEY. Your account will remember your access to that course and resume where you left off.