At 'Early Years Action' and 'Early Years Action Plus' IEPs should be reviewed at least three times a year. Ideally IEPs should be kept under continual review. If there is a problem the pre-school should not wait for a review before making changes. Staff should consult you as part of the review process and ask your views about your child’s progress. Reviews should not be too formal. Usually the pre-school would invite the therapist to contribute to the setting and review of targets for your child.
The review should look at:
- Progress made by your child
- Your views
- Your child's views
- The effectiveness of the IEP
- Issues affecting your child's progress
- Updated information and advice
- Future action - changes to targets, strategies
- Dealing with particular issues
- Any need for more information on your child etc.
Your child's progress should be recorded on the IEP and new targets set.
However, if your child continues to stammer then it is always sensible to request that he remains on 'Early Years Action', even though he has been removed from 'Early Years Action Plus' as he is no longer receiving therapy.
While your views would always be taken into account the final decision on these matters rests with the pre-school and you would need to complain formally through the pre-school complaints procedure if you are dissatisfied. See in this resource When you have to make a formal complaint.
For the future
The BSA receives many enquiries from parents of pre-school children who are making an application to a primary school nursery or Reception class. Parents are often unaware that if they want to argue that their child's stammer makes him more likely to have his needs met in a particular school, which may be oversubscribed, they have to have evidence that his stammering has affected his learning in some way.
The best form of evidence of this is to have had your child placed on the special educational needs register at 'Early Years Action Plus' because he is or has been receiving therapy and has additional support in the pre-school. You should make a note of the dates of that placement and keep a brief note of the meetings that took place and the reviews of his IEP. Parents can then use this information as supporting the child's social and medical needs when making the application.
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