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Early Years SEN Team

The Early Years SEN Team work with early years settings (private, voluntary and independent) to support the inclusion of children from 0 to 5 years with special educational needs and/or disability (SEND).

The team do not work directly with parents or the child within their home.



We fulfil the remit of the Area SENCO role (SEND Code of Practice 0 – 25 years: January 2015 page 89-90)

We support by
  • Providing advice and practical support about approaches to identification, assessment and intervention
  • Providing guidance and advice to SENCOs to ensure arrangements are in place to support children with SEND within their provision
  • Promoting links between the setting, parent, health services and schools
  • Providing training to early years practitioners through universal and/or bespoke training
  • Fostering smooth transitions to school nursery and reception classes
  • Supporting in the development of quality inclusive environments and practice
  • Support for children with SEND

Request for support for a child with SEND should only be made following a discussion with an Early Years SEN Advisory Teacher to ensure it is appropriate and, with the permission of the child’s parent/carer.

A request for support requires completion of a 'Request for Targeted Support form'. This should emailed or posted to: eysenteam@hounslow.gov.uk or Early Years SEN Team, 4th Floor – Hounslow House, 7 Bath Road, Hounslow, TW3 3EB

Education Welfare
Regular school attendance is an important part of giving your child the best possible start in life.

When can I keep my child away from school?

The school can only authorise an absence in the following circumstances:

  • Illness – it is always a good idea to provide medical evidence, i.e. label from prescribed medication, appointment cards and or letters
  • Religious observance – discretionary up to 3 days per academic year
Unacceptable reasons for absence are:
  • Lateness/oversleeping
  • Birthday celebrations
  • Shopping
  • Looking after younger siblings
  • Mild discomforts (hay fever, headaches, mild coughs & colds)

What about term time leave?

The current law does not give any entitlement to parents to take their child on leave during term time. Any application for leave must be in exceptional circumstances and the head teacher must be satisfied that the circumstances warrant the granting of leave. Parents can be fined for taking their child on leave during term time without consent from the school.


Education Welfare Officers work with parents whose children’s attendance is below 91%. We also complete home visits to children who have missed education for a consecutive period of five days, to establish the reason for absence.

The Education Welfare Service (EWS) works within strict policies and procedures which are determined by the Government. Following a referral, a family will have an allocated welfare officer who will work in partnership with the family to achieve positive outcomes. This could include:
  • Signposting to appropriate support services
  • Liaison/mediation with schools
  • Partnership working with the police and other professionals
  • Early Help Assessment
If attendance fails to improve, under existing legislation parents/carers will be seen as committing an offence as the child has not attended school regularly. This can also include term time leave where the absences are classed as unauthorised, depending on the circumstances. Such cases may result in prosecution or a Penalty Notice. The penalty is currently £60 per parent, per child if paid within 21 days, and will increase to £120 per parent, per child if not paid within 28 days. Failure to pay the penalty notice may result in prosecution at Magistrates Court.

Speech and language therapy for young people
Support for children and young people aged 0 to 19 years who experience difficulties with:
  • speech
  • language
  • communication
  • swallowing

Services available

  • assessment, diagnosis, therapy and management of disorders
  • training and advice for parents, carers and professionals
  • access to professionals and voluntary organisations


How to get support
The service is available for children under 19 years old who are registered with any Hounslow GP, or one of these three Ealing GPs:
  • Dr Mangat, The Surgery, 3-5 Cecil Road, Hounslow. TW3 1NU
  • Dr Htoo, MWH Practice, 1 Vincent Road, Hounslow, TW4 7LH
  • Dr Sandhu, 48 Berkeley Avenue, Cranford, TW4 6LA
Contact us on 0208 973 3480 discuss how to refer a child to us. Once a referral is accepted, a therapist can see the child within six weeks.