Early Years SENCO Team


For some children with a special educational need or disability, more specialist involvement is required. Where appropriate, the Area Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCO) Team provides specific advice, support and guidance to private day nurseries, playgroups and childminders in partnership with parents.

The Area SENCO will:

  • Speak with a child's key worker to gain more information.
  • Observe the child during play and where appropriate carry out play based assessments.
  • Write a report detailing a child's area of strength as well as area of need.
  • Make recommendations of strategies and interventions to encourage a child's development.
  • Where appropriate suggest referrals to other agencies.
  • Attend meetings with parents arranged by the setting.
  • Regularly update on a child's progress with setting staff.
  • Support the child's transition to school.
Meet the team

Michelle Brennan Area SENCO Rochdale North

Debbie Spencer Area SENCO Heywood

Rachel Hamer Area SENCO Middleton

Julie Milligan Area SENCO Rochdale South

Vicky Bradshaw Area SENCO Pennine

How to refer

We only accept referrals made by childcare settings.

If you are a parent or carer and you think your child may require a referral to the Area SENCO Team, please discuss this with your child’s early years setting who will be able to complete the referral with you.

If you are a practitioner, please ensure you log in to see the referral form and settings resources.

Who to contact


Where to go

Number One Riverside
Floor 4
Smith Street

OL16 1XU

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0-4 (Birth to Pre-School)


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