Gemma has completed her SENCO training as well as numerous other courses. Gemma has a strong knowledge in how to support children with additional needs such as speech and language delays to Autistic spectrum disorders.

Gemma works closely with local speech therapists, health visitors and other professionals to ensure that children are given the best possible support, so they can reach their potential.

Definition of Special Educational Needs (SEN)

“Children have a Special Educational Need if they have a learning difficulty which calls for Special Educational provision to be made for them.” – as defined by the Code or Practice 2014 for those who have Special Educational Needs and disabled children.

The role of the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO)

The role of the SENCO is crucial for early years settings in supporting early identification and intervention for children with special educational needs and will be a useful contact for you if you have any concerns about your child’s development.

The SENCO is responsible for:

  • Co-ordinating a settings recording and documentation process regarding special educational needs, including targeted plans
  • Liaising and working with parents
  • Securing training for workers
  • Liaising with outside agencies with respect to a child’s special educational needs (SEN)
  • Ensuring a smooth, onward transition and planning for moving on to school