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Parents/Carers – Starting school and other transitions

Please note: Due to Covid-19 we know that many children have not attended schools or settings for a long time. Therefore the ideas on the following pages may be helpful when supporting all children back to schools and settings. This guidance may be useful: press here

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These resources are helpful for children with additional needs:

www.eric.org.uk/   for support with toilet training for bladder and bowel conditions

www.sensoryspectacle.co.uk for support and ideas for parents around sensory processing difficulties

usinabus.org.uk/what-we-do/intensive-interaction a range of ideas about how to use an intensive interaction approach at home and in school, this organisation has run training in Cornwall for our Early Years setting and parents

communicationmatters.org.uk guidance and support with communication for children with complex needs particularly around using AAC

www.hanen.org support to develop speech, language and communication

www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-self-harm support for parents who have a child with Autism who displays some challenging behaviours

councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/resources-and-help/i-work-education support for professionals and parents supporting children with SEN

www.rarechromo.org/ support for families and professionals working with children who may have a rare gene or chromosome disorder

www.downs-syndrome.org.uk support and advice when working with children who have Down Syndrome

scope.org.uk support and advice for children with disabilities.

hunrosa.co.uk support and guidance for families who need help with their child’s bedtime or sleep routines.

cerebra.org.uk support for parents around a range of areas such as sleep, communication and benefits.

nasen.org.uk released three new webcasts and supporting documents for Early Years practitioners, SENCOs, teachers, teaching assistants and parents. 

ndcs.org.uk for support and information on childhood deafness for families and professionals

 Makaton:

 Makaton uses signs and symbols to help people communicate.


These templates have been designed so that you can adapt them and make them specific for your child, so that you can share information with your new school or setting.  This might be done with the school directly or through your pre-school setting.

These templates have been designed so that you can adapt them and make them specific for your child, so that you can share information with your new school or setting.  This might be done with the school directly or through your pre-school setting.

START Parents Booklet (PDF)

Download Start Parent Booklet (PDF)

With thanks to Peterborough City Council who have kindly given us permission to share their transition resource. Please see the box below for Cornwall's contacts.

Useful Contacts Cornwall (PDF)

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