As a parent you know your child. If you are requesting an Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment it is important to give clear information about their needs.
This checklist is to be used along side the Template Letter when requesting for an EHC needs assessment.
When did you first notice any problems?
- State when you noticed, what they were, what were the issues or barriers
- If someone else said something, what did they say, what did they do? This could be from when they were at a Nursery or preschool or even a health visitor
- What help or advice were you given?
Your child today
- their Health – eating, sleeping, any illnesses, tiredness, depression, panic attacks. Any physical or mental health concerns or diagnosis. Any medication taken
- their Social Care – do you have access to short breaks or playschemes
- their physical skills – walking, climbing, handwriting/mark making, using scissors, holding cutlery, gross motor and fine motor skills
- their communication – including hearing, gestures, eye contact, speech
- Their personal skills – dressing, washing, time-keeping, remembering to pack sports kit/or pencil case, travels on their own
- Their behaviour – showing anxiety or frustration, having melt downs, mood swings or tantrums, problems with concentration. Do they listen to instructions, do they play computer games in their room and don’t come out?
Remember that what you see at home may not be what their school sees.
- Describe your child at home compared to what you are told at school or at out of school activities
- Do they do their homework or they don’t know what it is or can’t remember?
- What are their hobbies and interests?
- Do they attend outside activities like clubs, sports, Guiding/Scouts?
- What are their relationships like with you as their parents but also other family members (siblings), other adults, what are their friendship groups like, i.e. Do they fight with siblings?
- What lessons or activities does your child enjoy?
- Problem areas: lessons, playtime, new teacher, change in routine.
- Extra help which has worked or not worked for your child.
- Are your child’s difficulties getting worse? Does any particular incident or piece of work illustrate your child’s difficulties?
- What help do you think your child needs?
Get your child’s views
- Do they enjoy School? What do they like best? What do they dislike?
- What would they like to achieve? What do they like and need to help them?
- State your views, wishes and concerns…
What evidence do you have?
- Do you have any reports or assessments? Remember to send copies and not the originals.
- Have you contacted their old nursery or preschool for evidence?
- Have you got everything the School holds to forward on? The LA will contact the School for a response but if you have evidence already, do pass it on
- If your child has changed Schools think about what evidence, you have that maybe useful. State there has been a change of School, so the LA knows to ask them for evidence too
Who is involved?
- If you have a Social Worker state who this is and how long they were involved
- If you have Early Help involvement state this and how long they were involved
You should list all the services involved. This could include educational psychologist (EP), paediatrician, speech and language therapist (SALT) or specialist teaching team.
Some people find it useful to put everything in a folder so it’s easy to find when you need it.
NOTE: Not all of the above will be relevant to your child or young person. These are just examples – you should provide as much information about the child’s special educational needs as you can.