Additional needs childcare

The Wales Pre-school Providers Association (PPA) understand the difficulties faced by a child who needs a little extra support in order to join in a playgroup with other children.

The Additional Needs Referral Scheme can help if a family is struggling to understand their child’s behaviour, actions or needs, by helping to find a playgroup or nursery that can cater for the child’s needs.

The scheme can provide additional help in the form of a one-to-one worker, or support for a smaller group of children to help with their development.

The family and child are at the heart of the scheme, ensuring that the child gets the best possible start in life.

Register an interest 

A health professional will need to complete the Wales PPA referral form which will be signed by the parents, authorising information to be passed to Wales PPA.

The child's parents will then be contacted to discuss what support would be best. 

The Additional Needs Panel will meet to consider if the referral meets selection criteria and to discuss funding available to support the application.

Parents will be contacted once a decision is reached.  

Children will be placed only in childcare that: 

  • is a member of the Wales PPA/Mudiad Meithrin
  • is registered by the Care and Social Services Inspectorate for Wales
  • has support workers holding a level 3 childcare qualification
  • has a current enhanced DBS
  • is subject to checks to ensure that support workers are being properly employed and paid.

Preparatory visits

If the child meets the criteria for the Additional Needs Referral Scheme parents will be invited to look around the playgroup or nursery and meet staff.

A contract will ensure parents and the playgroup or nursery understand responsibilities and expectations.

The scheme will fund the support worker but parents will be responsible for paying the normal fees.

A plan will be agreed and reviewed regularly to discuss the child’s progress.  

Transition

When a child is due to leave the scheme everyone involved has an opportunity to provide information to help the child and family settle into the next stage. 

Contact

For further information contact the Additional Needs Co-ordinator, Beechwood House, Christchurch Road, Newport NP19 8AJ

Email: janew@walesppa.org

Telephone: (01633) 271528