Talk to someone about your concerns
If you are concerned about your child’s development or you think they may have Special Educational Needs or a disability, you can talk to:
- Your doctor / GP
- Health visitor
- Someone in their early years nursery or childcare setting. The nursery or childcare setting may contact their Area SENCo in the Pre-School Inclusion Team.
- Someone in one of Barnet’s Children’s Centres
- Barnet’s Pre-school Teaching Team for a telephone consultation and guidance on 020 8361 2456 ext 1. http://www.oakleighschool.co.uk/early-years-centre/pre-school-teaching-team
- A Speech and Language Therapist at a Children’s Centre (by appointment)
- Barnet MENCAP staff at Open Door
Parent / Carer Drop-in sessions are run every term for you to discuss any concerns you may have about your child with an education or health professional.
Before you make an appointment to see someone about your child
It can be useful to write down examples of the things that you are worried about to help you remember exactly what you noticed so that you can be clear when you talk about it with them. Your health visitor or GP will be able to discuss your child progress with you and help you find support if it is needed.
Tip for parents – If your child has a physical symptom that only shows sometimes, it may help health professionals understand what is going on if you can film what happens on your phone and show them. Always make sure that your child is safe e.g. someone else may need to hold them while you film. Use your own phone so that you can keep control of the video.