Referral Criteria – Early Years Complex Needs Service

Early Years Complex Needs Service is a home visiting education service for children between 0-5 years of age who have significant and complex additional needs associated with significant or profound delay, or other condition that impact on their development.

Devon Early Years Complex Needs Service

The Early Years Complex Needs Service (EYCN) service will, on behalf of Devon County Council, provide equitable services to ensure that preschool children with significant and complex needs and disabilities have their educational needs met at home, within
the Early Years settings and in their transition to statutory schooling, where appropriate.

The service will provide qualified teachers, specialising in early years special educational needs to be responsible for the quality of educational provision through the management and leadership of the EYCN Service. The service is registered with the
National Portage Association (NPA) which is recognised as an early intervention home visiting service for children with significant and complex needs aged 0-5 and their families.

Referral Criteria

The EYCN service is for children of preschool age who are referred via through the single point of access (SPOA).

To access the EYCN Service, children need:

  • To show significant/profound delay in two or more areas of development, one of which must be cognition.
  • For a child where Autism is a concern, there needs to be evidence of repetitive behaviour, social interaction and sensory processing difficulties which are significantly impacting on their cognition and ability to learn and participate in daily activities.
  • An existing diagnosis of a condition, where there is likely to be significant/profound delay to include cognition.
  • Where possible, it is preferable that children referred to the service have 3 terms prior to starting school placement.
  • Children referred to the Under 5’s Specialist Children’s Assessment Centre (SCAC) may also be referred to EYCN Service via the SPOA route where appropriate. This can happen at point of acceptance to the SCAC and does not need to be an
    outcome of the specialist assessment process.

Referral Documents

N.B. If the referrals arrive at Single Point of Access without the required documents/evidence we will be unable to action them until all relevant documentation is received. 

  • Completed service referral form/letter and parental consent.
  • Early years setting report (Nursery, preschool, childminder) if appropriate.
  • Evidence of significant and complex delay in two developmental areas which must include detailed evidence of significant cognitive delay (see criteria).
  • Evidence of how professionals have tried to target areas of delay in the community, e.g. demonstrated through a TAF.
  • Evidence of Integrated Review / Graduated Response if appropriate.
  • Evidence that the child has had an Early Help Assessment (Right for Children) if appropriate.
  • Parents/ Carers are required to be actively involved and work in partnership with the EYCN Service where service is delivered within the home and will be expected to sign a partnership contract.

Service Delivery Structure

Home based intervention 0 – 2 years (may be extended dependent on individual child’s level of need at 2 years plus) 

Children who have significant complex cognitive and developmental delay in two or more areas. May already have a diagnosis or be awaiting a diagnosis. Children not yet eligible for education funding due to age or circumstance.

Child and family supported in the home setting on a regular basis by the EYCN Practitioners supported by the Senior EYCN Practitioner and Service Lead. The EYCN Practitioner will support a robust transition into early years setting for up to 1 term to
ensure continuity.

Children accepted for this level of service are likely to have significant delay of cognition and other areas of development of at least 6 months+ at 1 year; 12 months at 2 years; 18 months at 3 years OR may have a life-limiting medical diagnosis.

Early Years Complex Needs Inclusion 2 – 5 years

Children who have significant complex cognitive and developmental delay in two or more areas who attend early years settings and are eligible for education funding.

Children accepted for this level of service are likely to have significant delay of cognition and other areas of development of at least 18 months at 3 years 24 months + 4 years.

Contacts

Children and Family Health Devon
Single Point of Access Team
1a Capital Court
Bittern Road
Sowton Industrial Estate
Exeter EX2 7FW

t: 0330 0245 321

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