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Early Years Support (0-4 years)

ToddlerIn Gateshead, we believe that early action to address identified needs is fundamental to the future progress and improved outcomes that are essential in helping a child to prepare for the next transition in their life.

Gateshead Council commissions the Early Years Assessment and Intervention Team (EYAIT) to work in partnership with parents/carers, childminders, nurseries and pre-schools to assess children aged 0-4 years who are facing significant barriers to their development and learning and provide appropriate intervention and support. The team consists of a manager, three Specialist teachers, two Portage workers and seven Teaching Assistants. The staff in the team are all skilled and experienced in working with children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and work with children with a  variety of needs e.g. Autism Spectrum Condition, Cerebral Palsy, general developmental delay, with or without a diagnosis.

The Early Years Assessment and Intervention Team:

  • offer assessment, targeted intervention, advice, coaching and modelling sessions for children from 0-4 who are  experiencing significant barriers to their development and learning
  • establish and develop partnerships with parents/carers in supporting children with SEN
  • offer coordinated, holistic and multi-agency assessments, interventions and reviews
  • develop effective strategies to enable children to access their education in an inclusive environment
  • liaise with parents/carers and practitioners to develop appropriate action plans
  • develop and support transition to the child's next educational placement
  • contribute to the EHC Plan process
  • maintain data and carry out evaluations for the Local Authority

Eligibility Criteria and Referral Process

Referrals are made through the pre-school referral panel which has multi-agency representation, assesses referrals received and recommends outcomes.     

Icon for pdf Pre school referral form [718.59KB]

Icon for pdf EHC Referral Panel information for parents [233.74KB]

For more information, contact:

Early Years Assessment and Intervention Team
0191 433 8724

Gateshead's Area SENCO's - supporting Early Identification and Intervention

There are two Area Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCO's) in Gateshead who provide support, advice and training and information to schools, pre-schools, playgroups, childminders receiving 2/3 year old funding and private day nurseries on inclusive practice for children with SEND to help make sure that all children are fully included within the setting. Schools and early years settings can seek advice from the Area SENCO's at the first signs of a concern. The SENCO team is flexible and reactive and there is no referral process.

Icon for pdf Area SENCO leaflet [188.66KB]

Icon for pdf Early years SEND Audit 2017 [824.38KB]

For more information, contact:

Jean Thompson or Melanie Vincent - Area SENCO's

0191 433 8657 or 0191 433 8661 or  

NHS Little Orange Book

The Icon for pdf Little Orange Book [6.7MB] contains tips and advice on how to manage common illnesses and problems that babies and young children often experience in the first 5 years of their lives. It also has more information on more serious conditions, what to look out for and how to get help.

Resources for parents

The Portage Huboffers some useful guides for parents of babies and children with additional needs and disabilities.

Contact us

Special Educational Needs and Disability Team
Gateshead Council

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For further help and information visit the Learning Disability Matters website

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