The Role of the Area Inclusion Co-ordinator
Hampshire's Area Inclusion (InCo) team is located across the county and has a substantial range of expertise due to the diverse professional background of team members.
The team is led by Senior Area Inclusion Co-ordinators (InCos) and liaises regularly with an educational psychologist.
The role of the Area InCo is to:
- monitor and co-ordinate the quality and sufficiency of inclusive practice within their area (North Hampshire, North East Hampshire, North West and Central Hampshire, South East Hampshire and South West Hampshire)
- develop action plans for early years and childcare settings to develop their practice
- support Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCos) in settings to identify children who may require additional support and advise on referral to other agencies where needed
- empower SENCos to produce interim support programmes for children with additional support needs within the Special Educational Needs and disabilities (SEND) Code of Practice
- provide regular contact with settings, both directly and through termly support groups
- deliver regular training courses throughout the county aimed at developing inclusive practice and supporting children with additional support needs (this may include bespoke training according to local need)
- update practitioners on relevant legislative changes
- contribute to or facilitate multi agency meetings in order to co-ordinate support for settings
- develop and maintain links with education to support a smooth transition to school
- work in partnership with other professionals to respond to the needs of vulnerable children in the care of settings (achieved through regular training and consultation)
- supports and sees applications to the Childcare Inclusion Funding (ChIF) and endorses SEN Funding
- signpost settings to further information and support
- refer settings and children to other professionals and agencies for additional support.