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Early Years Consortia

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FOR PRIVATE, VOLUNTARY AND INDEPENDENT CHILDCARE PROVIDERS SUPPORTING CHILDREN WITH SEND AND THEIR FAMILIES ACROSS LIVERPOOL

Liverpool City Council has established an Early Years Childcare Consortia in partnership with the private voluntary and independent childcare sector. This arrangement is intended to ensure providers have access to support arrangements when they have concerns about a child’s learning and development at the earliest opportunity and when a provider has exhausted the resources and expertise within their own provision.

Consortia meetings are an opportunity where practitioners have specific case related discussion and share best practice and models of interventions that have had a positive impact.  This can often be the only additional support that is needed, and can build confidence in professionals and increase capacity in meeting individual needs of children. (See practitioner experience of attending meetings at the bottom of the page)

Where an additional resource/funding are needed, a delegated budget is available to each Consortium and decisions on its use is discussed and agreed by members of each Consortium.

Additional information, advice and support from Education Psychology and SENISS is allocated to each Consortium, based on information about children with additional needs in that area, so that resources will be appropriate to anticipated demand.

Each Consortium is able to use the allocated resources to ensure that individual children are appropriately supported in their learning and development, and where appropriate, to deliver specific training/development opportunities on relevant issues to improve practice.

The key to success for this Consortia arrangement is the contributions and ‘buy in’ from childcare providers. All providers (including childminders) are welcome to attend Consortia meetings, and bring along requests for support as well as their expertise in working with children with additional needs.

Each Consortium is ‘chaired’ by a local childcare provider with support from the Local Authority Early Help SEND Team.  The plan is that the Consortia will eventually be fully managed and co-ordinated by the childcare sector in the future.

There are 6 individual Consortium across the city, and they have been arranged around local Children’s Centre footprint areas, as this allows for a strong relationship to develop between Children’s Centres and local childcare providers, so that Family Link Workers/SEN Disability Link Workers can offer further support to families who have children with additional needs.  

For further information see the links on the right hand side of this page or contact the Early Help SEN Team on 0151 233 0499 email eyc@liverpool.gov.uk

“I attended my first consortia in November which I enjoyed, and I think it was a bit of a relief to think that other settings have similar issues trying to do  the best we can for our children who need that extra bit of help and support .”   Childcare provider, Liverpool