Professional Zone

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  • For Professionals

    At Dingley’s Promise, we are committed to working in partnership with other professionals to make sure every child has all the support they need.

    If you are a professional who would like to link up with us, please call the Centre you are closest to.

    We can:

    – make sure simple therapeutic activities take place on a regular basis

    – provide a place for assessment or therapy to take place

    – host meetings between different services around particular children

    – provide high quality early intervention for children, giving them the best chance to transition to mainstream education

    – facilitate transitions from our provision to mainstream settings, ensuring long term success

    If you would like to refer a child to us, please fill in our referral form and we will follow up with you as soon as possible. 

  • Dingley Offer The Following:

    • Learning Through Play Sessions

      Running through the academic year these sessions are run under Ofsted standards using the Early Years Foundation Stage, and aim to give every child with an additional need the best early intervention support and education.

    • Stay and Play Sessions

      These run at least once a month at each of our Centres. They provide family members the chance to see how children engage with the centre environment and the strategies we use. It also offers parents the chance to meet one another and exchange experiences. When a child is referred to us, we will invite families to attend our Stay & Play sessions, whilst they await a space in our learning through play sessions. This supports the child to settle in, gives the family the opportunity to gain useful strategies, whilst being immediately supported by our Family Support Worker and experienced staff team.

    • Coffee Mornings

      Our coffee mornings run at least once a month in the areas surrounding our centres. Some of these are also held in local community buildings, all within walking distance from the centres. Coffee mornings bring families together and enable them to talk about any issues that they may be facing or share successes. We also invite key agencies to come in and offer support and information about services available to our families in the local areas.

    • PASS Service

      We provide support and advice to mainstream early years settings, when we transition a child to them. This support could be over the phone, through our staff visiting the setting, or through staff from the setting visiting our centres. The aim is to ensure every child has the best chance to succeed in the mainstream, where this is appropriate for them.

    • Family Support

      Our Family Support Worker makes home visits where they can help families to use our strategies in their own homes. We provide a home visit to every family that we start working with. They also support our Stay & Play sessions and Coffee Mornings, and are available to signpost families to other agencies and support services in the local areas.

    • Inclusive Holiday Playschemes

      We run inclusive holiday sessions for children with additional needs and their mainstream siblings (if under 8 years old). These are a really important break for families during holiday periods and we make sure the activities are fun for all the children.

  • Advice to Settings

    Dingley’s Promise is passionate about spreading good practice and building wider inclusion in the early years!

    How do we do this? Our PASS (Providers Advisory Support Service) is available to all settings that we transition children to. We work hard to ensure that our transitions are full and detailed, and particularly for mainstream settings we also offer support and advice around the best strategies to use with the child, and ways to ensure they are included and can succeed in the new setting.

    Secondly, we are developing an accredited online training programme for Early Years Practitioners that will give them a practical basis in working with children with SEND and running a truly inclusive setting focused on activities that include rather than over reliance on 1:1 support staff. The training will be launched in October 2017.

    If you are an early years setting, please contact us for further details of either of these initiatives.

  • Our Training Offer

    Level 3 Certificate in Early Years Inclusive Practice

    Are you an early years practitioner who wants to be better able to support children with SEND in your setting?

    Have you ever felt that having a 1:1 for children with SEND is the only way to manage an inclusive classroom?

    We have now created a training course to help you to be as inclusive as you can, and make sure as many children as possible can experience mainstream education in the early years.


    What is the training?

    • Four units of online study – Child Centred Learning, Communication, Sensory Needs & Challenging Behaviour and Wider Systems.
    • Two sessions per unit with your trainer and up to 8 learners.
    • Practical activities that you carry out in your setting every unit.
    • You will submit a learning journal at the end of every Unit for assessment.
    • You will have ongoing support through a peer forum that you can continue to use when the course has finished.



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    Who is it for?

    • Early years practitioners with a level 3 qualification or similar experience

    What does it cost?

    • The course costs £495 per person for the whole course and certification. Early years settings can apply to their local authority for Inclusion funding, which can be used for training. Bursaries may be available in your area.
  • Though not a nationally recognised qualification, this course has been accredited by ncfe, demonstrating the quality and rigor.

    Information about our training course can also be found at nasen (SEND membership organisation for education professionals).

    Please contact Theresa on who will send you the application form and can arrange for you to have a chat if you have questions.


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