SEND Project Funded by the Department for Education
In 2018, a total of 12 settings with strong inclusive practice, across both boroughs, were selected to take part in an inclusion-focused project. Between 2018 and 2019, the 12 settings, known as “Inclusion Hubs”, received a fully funded, comprehensive and enhanced programme to better support the inclusion of children with significant needs, who may also be eligible for 30 hours. This included training delivered by professionals, covering aspects of:
- Educational psychology
- Assessing and supporting social and emotional competence
- Speech, language and communication needs
- Occupational therapy
- Sensory impairment
- Practical strategies
- Navigating the Local Offer
What is the role of the 12 Inclusion Hub settings now?
Beyond 2019, the role of the 12 Inclusion Hub settings is to contribute to the upskilling of the Early Years sector, by sharing and disseminating excellent inclusive practice with other settings across Kingston and Richmond.
In addition to the existing support available from the Early Years Advisory Service (ie. Inclusion and Improvement Advisors, SEND Support Officers and Early Years Consultant SEND) Early Years setting in Kingston and Richmond can also access support from the Inclusion Hubs. From lower level and/or emerging SEND through to working with children with complex needs, as an early years setting you can access the Inclusion Hubs for advice, guidance and support.