What is a SENCO?


At Tops Day Nurseries each setting has a SENCO representative, but what does that mean to you as a parent?

Early years practitioners face a challenging task in identifying very young children with additional needs and simultaneously providing support and advice to concerned parents, which requires a high level of expertise.

SENCO stands for Special Educational Needs Coordinator, and they have a legal duty to follow the SEND code of practice. This is crucial for early year’s settings in supporting early identification and intervention for children with special educational needs and will be a useful contact for parents if they were to have any concerns about their child’s development.

The role of the SENCO involves ensuring all practitioners in the setting understand their responsibilities to children with SEN and the setting’s approach to identifying and meeting SEND Code of practice. The role also includes:

  • Advising and supporting colleagues
  • Ensuring parents are closely involved throughout and that their insights inform action taken by the setting,
  • Liaising with professionals or agencies beyond the setting
  • Ensuring a smooth onward transition and planning for moving on to school for Pre-school children

Each setting within the Tops Day Nurseries family has a SENCO representative, if you have any questions please contact your nursery manager.

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