Written with both new and experienced practitioners in mind and packed with practical advice, suggestions, case studies, and useful photocopiable materials, this new edition of a much-loved book will help all SENCOs (Special Educational Needs Coordinators) succeed in what is often a very demanding role. Providing plenty of help with planning and time-management, this book contains everything you need to know about your role, information on the current government policies such as Every Child Matters (ECM) and the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), and meeting the Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) standards for supporting children with additional needs.  

A Parent Thing – Maintaining a Collaborative Partnership

A Parent Thing – Maintaining a Collaborative Partnership

A parent thing – maintaining a collaborative partnership

The key points covered in this chapter are:

  • Involving the parents/carers at various levels.
  • Designing and using Play Plans.
  • Parent Partnership Services.
  • Parents/carers with differing needs.
  • Documentation for parents/carers.


Here we'll look at your role in ensuring that the parents/carers are supported at all levels of involvement in the special educational needs (SEN) process. We'll explore your duties with regard to Parent Partnership Services (PPS) and also the issues involved when the parents/carers themselves have additional needs, and how you can ensure that they're included in the process, despite their difficulties.

Involving the Parents/Carers

Parents/carers of children with additional needs have the right to become involved from your earliest concerns onwards and, as SENCO, you have a major ...

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