Special Educational Needs & Disability

Pitton Pre-School works closely in partnership with all families and with any other agencies to meet the needs of all the children in the pre-school.

We have a designated Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) who supports and offers advice to staff and parents to enable children to be supported effectively and included in all that pre-school has to offer.  The SENCo will also liaise with other professionals who may support your child.

Wiltshire's Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Local Offer contains clear, accessible information on all services relating to young people with SEND.


Please talk to one of the team, your Health Visitor or GP if you have concerns about your child.  Some of the most common concerns are around sleeping, eating, toileting, behaviour  and speech and language development.  Pre-school, the Health Visitor and the Children's Centre will be able to offer you advice and support or signpost you to more appropriate support if required.

Further advice for speech and language issues can be obtained from the Children's Speech and Language Therapy Service.  There is lots of information and advice online.  Parents and professionals can call the advice line and speak directly with a Speech and Language Therapist.

Useful speech therapy links


The list of organisations and charities dedicated to supporting families and children with special needs is extensive.
Here are just a few to signpost you to further information if required.


The SEN Code of Practice can be found on the Department for Education's website.
The Code sets out guidance on policies and procedures aimed at enabling pupils with SEN to reach their full potential, to be included fully in their school communities and make a successful transition to adulthood.

There is a useful guide for parents: SEND - guide for parents and carers

Wiltshire Family Information Service
Provides support and advice for parents and carers.

Portage is a home-visiting educational service for pre-school children with additional support needs and their families.

Special Kids in the UK
A charity providing an online support group for families of children with special needs.
An excellent source of signposting to further sites and resources.


The National Autistic Society
The leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger Syndrome) and their families.

British Dyslexia Association
UK national organisation offering a wide range of information for parents, dyslexic adults and teachers.

Cerebal Palsy
Scope is a national charity that support disabled children  and adults and cerebral palsy in particular.

National Deaf Children's Society
The national charity is dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people.

A charity that supports children, families and adults with dyspraxia.

Down's Education
This organisation aims to transform the lives of children with Down's Syndrome through better education.

Down's Syndrome Association
Charity providing, information, support and resources for people with Down's Syndrome and their families.

A  charity that supports children with speech, language and communication delays.

A charity that provides support and campaigns for children and adults who are deaf blind.

Sensory Processing Disorders
Offers resources and advice for sensory processing disorder.