and Special Educational Needs services
161 Gresham Drive
T: 020 8590 7272 x253
Head of Service: Chris Chappell
Home Visitors: Marlene Cross, Jenni Braysher and Mary Heard
Service Support Assistant: Bridget Whippy
What is Home Visiting?
The Pre School Home Visiting Service is primarily a home-based educational service for pre school children who have special needs including delivery of the Early Support Programme for babies and very young children with complex needs.
It is based on the principle that parents are the key figures in the care and development of their child.
How does home teaching work?
Families are visited at a regular, agreed time for about 1-2 hours usually on a weekly basis.
The home visitor works in partnership with the parents or carers to build on abilities the child already has on teaching new skills the child has yet to master. Small group sessions for parents and children known to the service are also offered if appropriate.
The Pre School Home Visiting Service offers carefully structured but flexible play based activities to promote learning and development.
Parents are encouraged to be fully involved in all aspects of the home teaching process. Much of the learning takes place through play and during the child’s daily routine.
Teaching is tailored to meet the requirements of the individual child.
The emphasis is on the positive finding out, and building on, what a child can do.
Home visitors can provide a link between parents and other professionals. Where appropriate home visitors work with children with complex needs using the Early Support programme. Early support keyworking is designed to deliver a family focussed, well co-ordinated service for children under five and their families. The key worker provides each family with a single point of contact and enables families to have easy access to information, support and services to meet their needs. Keyworkers are responsible for working together with the family and professionals to ensure the delivery of an inter-agency plan for the child and family bringing together education, social care, health services and the voluntary sector.
When parents are thinking about nursery, playgroup or school, the Home Visiting Service can provide information and support.
When a child enters other pre school provision, the involvement of the Home Visiting Service will be negotiated, agreed and reviewed regularly with parents or carers.
The Home Visiting Service holds weekly group sessions for referred families. Including Splash Sessions at Newbridge pool (Gresham Drive Campus). This provides an opportunity for parents to meet and children to play within a group setting.
Referrals to the Service:
Referrals are made to the Service via the Pre School Liaison Group.
Criteria for entry to the Service are: