Kids First Newsletter

Kids First publishes a newsletter twice a year. They are written with contributions from parents, and include articles, handy hints, useful contacts, and information about local issues. Have a look!

Members automatically receive a copy when published (Spring and Autumn).

Latest issue:

Kids First NewsletterIssue 16: Autumn 2016

As always, this issue is packed full of information, handy hints, and useful contacts. We have included details of Merton’s SEN Local Offer, Sources of support for parents, the Communication Chain, and feedback from our workshops.

Download the latest newsletter or contact us to order your free copy.

Back copies are now available to download:

Kids First NewsletterIssue 15: Spring 2016

Special features included:

  • Feedback from the SEN workshop
  • Organisational chart for Merton’s Education Senior Leadership and SEND Management Team
  • Support for SEN Pupils in Schools
  • News, views and updates

Kids First NewsletterIssue 14: Autumn 2015

Special features included:

  • Successful Parent Feedback to Merton (on EHCP process)
  • News, views and updates

Kids First NewsletterIssue 13: Spring 2015

Special features included:

  • The Care Act 2014
  • Core Assets and Independent Supporters in Merton
  • Follow-ups on some of our previous workshops

Kids First NewsletterIssue 12: Autumn 2014

Special features included:

  • The Children and Families Act
  • Bullying

Kids First NewsletterIssue 11: Spring 2014

Special features included:

  • A Parent’s Experience: The Sharing of Personal Data
  • Free Schools
  • Transport issues

Kids First NewsletterIssue 10: Autumn 2013

Special features included:

  • Government changes from DLA to PIP
  • SEND Tribunal Survey Results
  • Metropolitan Police helpful hints on safety

Kids First NewsletterIssue 9: Spring 2013

Special features included:

  • Caring for carers
  • Re-organisation of the SEN Team in Merton

Kids First NewsletterIssue 8: Autumn 2012

Special features included:

  • Parent Partnership Service
  • Free expert education advice
  • Transport issues
  • Exclusions
  • Welfare Reform Act and the Disabled Person’s Trusts. Please click here to read the update.

Kids First NewsletterIssue 7: Spring 2012

Special features included:

  • Ideas for the holidays
  • Acacia Adventure Playground

Kids First NewsletterIssue 6: Autumn 2011

Special features included:

  • Local theatre groups
  • The Merton Mencap Café
A to Z of Special Educational Needs

Issue 5: Spring 2011

Special features included:

  • Feedback on The Big Parent Debate: What do the cuts in Merton mean for parents?
  • Cinema Exhibitors' Association card, Merlin Annual Passes, National Trust 'Admit One' card, and the M-Card
  • SEN Green Paper
  • Post-16 Transition.

DVD: ‘The clues that might mean autism’Issue 4: Autumn 2010

Special features included:

  • The new equalities law
  • New publications: ‘Living with epilepsy’, a parents’ handbook, and 'No going back! Parents' expectations of short breaks'.

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