Our team of Outreach workers visit Early Years settings in the local and surrounding areas, working with children who need additional support:
- working closely with Early Years staff, offering advice, sharing knowledge and modelling strategies.
- working with the child and keyperson in small groups or on a one to one basis.
- meeting parents to share ideas and refer to other agencies for support if required.
Early Years settings are able to refer directly to us.
As part of our Outreach work, we are able to offer TOP (Thomas Outreach Programme), a flexible intervention service for pre-school children with social communication or autistic spectrum difficulties.
- Where? We support the child to learn both in their home and pre-school right through to the first term of Year R
- How often? Typically once a week.
- For how long? Each child is given an allocated amount of time, depending on their situation. This will be anywhere between 5-15 hours per week and includes paperwork, preparation and travel time for the TOP worker.
- Is it specific to them? Yes. All teaching intervention is tailored to meet the child’s individual needs.
- Do we need to a diagnosis? No. Children do not need a diagnosis to be referred to this programme
- How do we refer? Referrals can be made through a variety of Health professionals – for example Health Visitors, Speech and Language Therapists, Area Inclusion Officer or by contacting TOP staff direct.
Our Outreach Team are able to support children with a wide range of additional needs. If you think we can help, or perhaps you would like more information, please...