Somer Valley Children’s Centre
Local Offer for children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND)
Somer Valley Children’s Centre is a cluster of four centres that provide services for families living in
Radstock, Midsomer Norton, Peasedown, Paulton and surrounding villages.
We provide an inclusive service and we aim to meet the individual needs of local families.
All of our buildings are accessible and wherever possible we will make adjustments or alterations if required.
Who do I speak to for
support or advice?
Juliet is our Children’s Centre Co-ordinator who has a responsibility for services for
parents and children with disabilities and additional needs. She also attends the SEND,
Inclusion, and High Needs Transition panel and Early Childhood Allocation meeting. (see
Below).
Mel is our newly appointed Lead Outreach Worker and she is looking forward to
developing this role. She has good experience and understanding of children with
additional needs. Mel leads the Early Support group and will manage the Sensory
Equipment loan services. Mel also offers Infant Massage, Flying Start and family support.
Mel will also be leading on the Step by Step programme.
Nicky is also a Children’s Centre Co-ordinator with responsibility for the Flying Start
service for the area. Flying Start supports children and parents within the home to
support attachment through play. Nicky is also a Theraplay practitioner offering individual
support to referred families.
What is our Vision and
our Mission:
All children will achieve to the best of their ability.
Our mission:
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To ensure that all children and young people are safe.
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To tackle inequalities and close the attainment gap.
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To ensure swift and easy access at the point of need
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Assessing the needs of the child and family to determine the best and earliest support.
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Who can access our
services?
Somer Valley children’s centre works with children aged 0-5yrs predominantly and occasionally we
support families with older children.
A diagnosis is not necessary for families to access services.
We provide support for parents/carers and their children if there is a concern around their child’s
development.
The highly skilled team work closely alongside other professionals to ensure the best support is in
place to suit the individual child and family.
How can you access
Children’s Centre
Services?
Families are invited to come along to the Early support group to seek advice or alternatively they
can self-refer by completing a Request for Support form.
The form is only required once further support needs are determined; this provides us with key
information that enables us to signpost to the most relevant person or service.
A wide range of professionals or the parent/carer themselves can ask for further support. Listed
below are some of the services that we work in partnership with:
• Self-Referral
• Health Visitor
• Midwife
• GP
• Specialist services such as Speech and Language therapist, Occupational therapists, Educational
psychologists (PAT centre based at the Royal United Hospital)
• Area SENCo
• Nursery’s, preschool groups or childminders
• Community led groups
• Social Care, including Disabled Children’s Team
How are decisions made
about the most
suitable support for
children and families?
•ECAM (Early Childhood Allocation Meetings in conjunction with Flying Start allocation) are
held twice a month with a range of key partners attending to discuss/review all requests for support
made into the service to ensure the families receive the appropriate support, based on their
individual needs.
What assessments are in
place to determine if a
child is not meeting
their developmental
milestones?
•Assessment at age two, by Health Visitors and Early Years Settings are used to identify needs
early and together with the Children Centre they can support children and families to access specific
services.
• Health visitors will offer ante-natal visits for all first time parents. Some babies will be identified as
needing additional support prior to their birth by their Health visitor or Midwife.
• If Children Centre staff identify a child with possible developmental delay they will share this
information with a Health visitor or specialist service such as Speech and Language specialist, to
ensure the appropriate assessments are completed.
•Comprehensive assessments (CAF’s) are undertaken by the Children Centre and a range of
partnership agencies. These may identify a child who is not meeting their developmental milestones
and also ensures targeted early help services are provided to address support needs which aims to
improve outcomes for children.
•Accounting Early For Lifelong Learning (ACE) indicators are used in Flying Start Home learning
and Children Centre groups as an assessment of children’s development. It helps to celebrate
children’s achievements but may also identify developmental delay.
•Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum is also used throughout outreach work, all
universal and targeted groups and children’s groups (crèche). This toolkit enables staff to track a
child’s development, and then plan activities to meet the child’s individual interests.
Is the environment
accessible to all?
What skills and
experience do staff
have
•Play Diaries are used through Flying Start home visiting and universal and targeted groups. This
encourages conversations between parents and staff, and supports parental understanding of their
child’s development.
Somer Valley Children’s Centres are accessible with suitable access for wheel chair users. We have
even flooring and well lit areas and accessible toilets. We do not however have hearing loops
installed.
We aim to provide an enabling environment where children and adults can play and explore together
in a fully inclusive way.
The centre staff have a wide range of professional backgrounds and experience which is relevant
to meeting the needs of local families. This is enhanced by further workforce development training
and updating of knowledge which is incorporated into practice to support children and families.
All staff that deliver service to children with SEND have access to the following training :
 SENCO
 Portage Home Learning
 Makaton
 Baby massage
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What services are
available for
families?
• A named Lead Professional who will coordinate services for your child using a Key person
approach. The chosen Transition lead professional (who may or may not be the same as the Lead
Professional) will also provide transition support and join together services through a team around
the child meeting (TAC) this will enable parents, their child and professionals to plan for starting
nursery or child-minders and/or school.
• Early Support Stay and Play - twice a month at Midsomer Norton children’s Centre. Parents are
invited to come along and play with their children, meet other families and seek support from the staff.
• Step By Step Programme – an 8 week programme delivered by a range of specialist services such
as sleep and behaviour specialists, Speech and Language therapists, Area SENco, Sensory support
service, Family Information service, Parent partnership and Lift psychology service. Provision of a
high quality Children’s Group (crèche) with highly skilled staff will support the delivery of the Step by
Step programme.
• Outreach Worker – one to one support in the home with a highly skilled practitioner who has a
range of knowledge and experience.
• Portage – a ten week play based education programme that is delivered in the home alongside the
parents/carers for children with SEND.
• Flying Start home learning – a six week play based learning programme that is delivered in the
home environment. Parents and children are invited to play and learn together
• Sensory Room – available all day Thursdays for 30 minute bookings at Midsomer Norton
Children’s Centre.
Also available at Peasedown Messy Play on Wednesday mornings and Midsomer Norton Stay
and Play group on Friday mornings (term time only)
• Sensory playsacks – available to loan through Children’s Centre staff and Health visitors.
Please contact Juliet or Mel for further information – 01225 396660
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