Parent Network Update 4th December

Welcome to this week’s HPCI parent network update.  There are 7 items today covering local information, national parent participation and some sources of information.

Hertfordshire information
Survey – proposed specialist early years nurseries for Hertfordshire.
HPCI has been working with Hertfordshire County Council on the Early Years offer for young children with SEND. We have raised the difficulties families often face trying to get the childcare entitlement for a child with significant needs. HCC are currently running a survey to look at the demand for specialist nurseries in the county.  If you are a parent/carer whose child might benefit from one these specialist nurseries they would really like to hear from you.  The survey should take no more than 5 minutes to complete and will inform the future development of this provision.  The survey will close on 21 December 2020.

https://surveys.hertfordshire.gov.uk/s/8KZ65K/ 

REMINDER – Annual Review webinar – 9th December 7.30pm – working with SENDIASS
If your child has an EHCP annual review coming up next term then here is a great chance to see what it’s all about and how you can get the best from it. The webinar is an online presentation that you can take part in from the comfort of your own home and it will last about an hour.
To register go to:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/965182504293285387          OR via our HPCI webinars page https://www.hertsparentcarers.org.uk/webinars/

Local Covid education updates
Last Friday schools received guidance from Hertfordshire’s Education Leadership Team about how to celebrate Christmas safely in settings, and advice about early school closures. This is summarised this for you on the Local Offer Coronavirus updates webpage. www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/coronavirusupdateslocaloffer

Improving the quality of EHC Plans
HPCI has constantly alerted HCC to the feedback we have had from parents around the quality of EHC plans and issues around the process.  We are working with them on various aspects of the improvement work.  Hertfordshire SEND services now want to create a shared definition of what ‘good’ looks like, that all services will work to. Find out more about this and what else they are doing in their latest blog. www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/EHCPQualityblog

National – Parent Participation
This week has been the NNPCF (National Network of Parent Carer Forums) & Contact’s national conference.  To coincide with that Contact (the national charity that supports parent carer forums) have published their annual review of parent carer participation for 2019-20  Take a look if you want to find out more about what is going on nationally.

Transition to adulthood
The organisation My Family Our Needs has recently launched the Transition event hub.
The hub is for parent carers, young people, professionals and practitioners.  It has presentations, resources and workshops on offer.  To find out more visit:
https://www.myfamilyourneeds.co.uk/supporting-your-child/transition/

Internet matters
The organisation Internet Matters has recently published information on digital safety for parents and carers of children with SEND.  Take a look and see how to help your child be safe online
https://www.internetmatters.org/inclusive-digital-safety/advice-for-parents-and-carers/supporting-children-with-send/connecting-and-sharing-online/