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Special Needs Early Years Service

What can the service offer?

The service can support children between birth and five years of age where learning is delayed or where a diagnosis or disability indicates there will be special educational needs.

 We do this by:

  • Providing assessment, diagnosis and teaching for individual children
  • Specialist groups through the Child Development Centre please view our Child Development Sevice (CDS) page for more information
  • Providing support, guidance and training  to parents on all aspects of their child’s development, progress and future planning
  • Supporting the transition of children into settings  
  • Providing a keyworker through the Team Around the Child [TAC]
  • Working in collaboration with other agencies
  • Providing advice and training to settings so they can offer quality inclusive provision
  • Providing assessment reports for Inclusion Funding

Supporting settings through the Area SENCo

The outcomes for children and families are:

  • Children receive a specialist individual assessment which will identify strengths and needs
  • Children may receive a specialist intervention programme building on child’s strengths 
  • Children’s progress is reviewed so they can achieve the best outcomes
  • Families are supported through the process of identification so that they can make informed choices
  • Through TAC families receive a coordinated approach to meet their child’s needs

We follow statutory guidance on duties relating to Section 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014.

Who works for the Service?

There is a Head of Service, five specialist teachers and a team of specialist higher level teaching assistants. All staff have specialist training or experience in working with special needs children or early years.

How are people who use the service involved in decisions and kept informed?

  • All visits to homes and settings receive a visit record
  • Initial assessment and annual reports on individual children
  • Educational advice for Education, Health and Care plans 
  • TAC minutes and integrated goals
  • Reviews and meetings
  • A range of satisfaction survey questionnaires
  • Text service
  • When required interpreters can be arranged


Who to contact

Jill Wellings: 01902 558406
Lisa Hollingshead: 01902 556517


Who can use the service?

A child will be considered for support:

  • Lives in Wolverhampton
  • Is over 3 years of age and attending a Wolverhampton setting
  • Has difficulties with their cognitive development and at least one other area of need
  • Sensory and physical development
  • Social and emotional development
  • Language, communication and interaction
  • Complex physical or medical needs

We liaise with other local authorities/health services when a family moves to or from Wolverhampton.

Where to go

Special Needs Early Years Service
The Gem Centre
Bentley Bridge Business Park
Neachells Lane
WV11 3PG


Where we work?

The service supports Wolverhampton children in homes, setting and schools. Our specialist groups operate from The Gem Centre or Warstones School for children resident in the City.

Both settings are fully accessible.

Special Needs Early Years Service, Warstones Primary School, Warstones Road, Penn, Wolverhampton.  WV4 4LU

Other Details


Age Ranges
0- 5 Years
Referral required
Referral Details

Making a referral

  • The service operates an open referral system, parental consent is always required. Parents should discuss any concerns with their health visitor or GP who can make a direct referral.
  • All referrals are discussed monthly at the Child Development Service multi-agency referral panel. The panel discusses each referral and will determine appropriate agencies involvement.

For more information on the Child Development Service view the link

There is no current waiting list and we aim to contact parents within 10 working days following referral panel. The service operates term time.

  • Due to a high referral rate, children with the most complex developmental difficulties will be given priority.
  • The service is centrally funded and therefore there are currently no costs for assessment and support for individual children.
  • No current personal budget service.

Record Last Updated on: 03/07/2018

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