Services for Young Children

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.