Early years SEND Partnership workshops

EYSEND Partnership

Contact is part of the EYSEND (early years special educational needs and disabilities) Partnership with the Council for Disabled Children, nasen, I CAN and the Communication Trust.

The EYSEND Partnership will provide support on SEND to early years settings and local authorities in the North West, the East Midlands, the North East, Yorkshire and Humber and the West Midlands.

As part of the project, in 2019 Contact will be offering the following.

1) Parent programme - Brighter Beginnings 

The four workshops aim to increase parental confidence and knowledge, helping parents support their child and to identify what other support is on offer and how to access it. They will empower parents to get the best from their child's early years service. The four workshops are:

  • Information and Support - Increasing parental knowledge and understanding of what support is on offer and how to access it.
  • Building Parental Confidence - Increasing parents confidence in accessing the right support for their child.
  • Working with Professionals - Providing skills to empower parents to have conversations with professionals about their child's needs and their rights as consumers.
  • Planning positive outcomes for your child - Increasing parental knowledge and skills of how to plan for positive outcomes for children. Develop understanding of how creative and flexible strategies can meet children's needs more effectively than 1:1 support.

2) Train the trainer parent programme

We will co-produce, design and run a training offer which enables parent carers to increase their confidence and skills in order to deliver the parent programme.

By training parents to deliver the parent programme, Brighter Beginnings will support its own ongoing sustainability.

3) Training to practitioners

As part of the core project to early years practitioners, Contact will co-deliver with parents of disabled children a one-off training session, which aims to ensure the workforce empowers parents to enable them to get the best from their child's early year's entitlement.

The session will cover:

  • How to  engage and work with parents.
  • How to empower parents to enable them to get the best from their child's Early years entitlement.
  • Improved practitioner confidence and knowledge on how to communicate and working  with parents so developing a relationship with parents based on mutual trust and respect.

If you have any questions about the project, please email katie.barron@contact.org.uk