Cheshire East Educational Psychology Service

Description

What is an educational psychologist?
An educational psychologist provides guidance and support to schools on a range of issues including special educational needs. They work with parents, carers and practitioners to identify and support the special educational needs of individual children both at home and school.

How can an educational psychologist help my child?
Educational psychologists help children from nursery school through to the age of 19. They assess how best to help your child through observing and working with them at home and school. They will meet with you, with teachers and other professionals involved with your child.

The educational psychologist works closely with you and the staff at your child’s school to plan a programme of support for your child. This programme of support may include

  • visiting schools on a regular basis using a problem solving approach called ‘consultation’
  • special training for teachers and other staff/professionals
  • provide work and research to support teaching and learning
  • working with parents/carers to help minimise difficulties at home and at school
  • working with schools and organisations to provide guidance and support
  • working with other professionals (eg. Social Care, Speech and Language therapy, Cheshire East Autism team)

How can I get help from an educational psychologist?
Usually the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) at the school will contact an educational psychologist after deciding that your child might benefit from their help. The school would then contact you to ask for your permission to provide this specialist support and ask for your views on what you think will help your child.

If you think your child needs help but you have not been contacted by the school then you should speak to your child’s teacher or the SENCo at the school.

Educational Psychology Team

Parent Advice Sessions

Parents and carers: do you have any questions or concerns about the wellbeing, behaviour, learning or development of your child?

Come and speak to an Educational Psychologist.  We hold free 45 minute sessions for parents/carers in Children's Centres throughout the borough.  Dates for the rest of the year are:-

14/03/2018 - The Brooks - Clinic Room

18/03/2018 - Monks Coppenhall

16/05/2018 - Oakenclough

13/06/2018 - Congleton

Booking is essential.

Please be aware that we are not able to discuss any issues relating to children who are currently undergoing statutory assessment and are not able to assess your child at the appointment.

Conversations tend to be more open and productive without the focus child present.  Pre-school children MAY be able to join a session on a one-off basis if no alternative child care facilities are available.  Please enquire with the individual centre when booking.

Service Details

Organisation:
Cheshire East Council
Service Type:
Education, Training and Skills
Website:
Age Range:
0 to 19
Age Band:
  • Early Years (Under 5)
  • Children (5-18)
  • Young Adults (14-25)
  • Adults (18+)
Cost:
No
Is a referral required?:
No
Additional Referral Information:
Usually the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) at the school will contact an educational psychologist after deciding that your child might benefit from their help. The school would then contact you to ask for your permission to provide this specialist support and ask for your views on what you think will help your child. The child's case will then be discussed at a Group Consultation meeting which may result in the Educational Psychologist visiting your child in school.
Waiting List:
There is no waiting list for our service. Due to demands on capacity we operated a 'Group Consultation' model whereby clusters of school SENCo's come together every half term to discuss cases, with parental permission. In group consultation, the EP (Educational Psychologist) meets with a group of SENCOs. Sometimes a class teacher or teaching assistant may be invited along with or instead of the SENCO. The EP meets with the person who raises the concern as this is the person who is: most concerned, most motivated to bring about change, and therefore in the best position to bring about change
How is the service provided?:
  • Telephone
  • Post
  • Email
  • Face to face
  • Outreach Services
Additional information on how service is provided:
Through drop-in sessions and via schools
Areas covered in Cheshire East:
  • All Areas of Cheshire East
Communication aids and support available:
  • Large Print Material
  • Materials in Braille
  • Translated Material
Additional information for assistance with communication:
Interpretation services for service users with English as an additional language. Translated material, materials in Braille and large print material available if needed.

Opening Times

Days service available:
  • Weekdays only
Opening Times - Monday:
9:00 - 17:00
Opening Times - Tuesday:
9:00 - 17:00
Opening Times - Wednesday:
9:00 - 17:00
Opening Times - Thursday:
9:00 - 17:00
Opening Times - Friday:
9:00 - 17:00
Opening Times - Saturday:
Closed
Opening Times - Sunday:
Closed
Additional Opening Times:

This page was last updated on 19 February 2018

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This page was last updated on 19 February 2018

Contact Details

Contact Name:
Nicola West
Telephone:
01625374794
Email:
educational.psychologists@cheshireeast.gov.uk