We’re leading the way in supporting vulnerable young children
Young children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) will receive even better support thanks to a new project being led by Kirklees Council.
Kirklees is one of the local authorities chosen to spearhead a scheme which will help vulnerable children to enjoy the best start in life.
The scheme is focused on children in pre-school settings and aims to ensure identification of SEND, plus excellent support, at the earliest possible opportunity.
It will benefit children with a wide range of additional needs such as communication and interaction, general learning skills, physical development and social and emotional development.
Cllr Carole Pattison, Cabinet member for Learning, Aspiration and Communities, said:
“We already have high standards in supporting our early years sector across Kirklees, but this new opportunity will help us to expand it further.
The council will work with a number of local early years settings to develop their skills in identifying SEND, tailoring their support for each child, delivering high-quality practice and ensuring staff share their expertise.
When a child has a special education need or disability, the sooner this is identified the quicker they can receive the most appropriate help. This programme will equip early years professionals in the district to increase their skills and confidence in working with children and families with SEND.”
Cllr Viv Kendrick, Cabinet member for Children, said:
“To achieve positive outcomes, it’s vital that children receive high-quality support from the very beginning of their educational experience. Staff in settings will receive training to develop their practice and to overcome any barriers that might prevent this.
We must all continue working together so that every vulnerable child or young person – whether they are pre-school age or reaching adulthood – can enjoy the possible best start. I’m delighted about the difference this new project will be making in young lives.”