WRITTEN PLAN FOR REFERRAL SERVICES:
Lilliput Early Childhood Center shall use the following procedure for referring parents to appropriate social, mental health, educational and medical service for their child should the center feel that an assessment would benefit the child.
Whenever any staff member is concerned about a child’s development or behavior and feels that further evaluation should be done, they should report it to the child’s classroom lead teacher, who will review concerns with the director.
The director will observe the child and do three 15 minute written observations of the child. If the director agrees, the lead teacher is requested to complete a report of her concerns and review the child’s record prior to making a referral.
The director will maintain a list of current referral resources in the community for children in need of services. This list shall include the contact person for Chapter 766 and Early Intervention program referrals.
REFERRAL MEETING WITH PARENTS:
The teacher will schedule a meeting with the parents and the director to discuss the center’s concerns. A current list of possible referrals and resources will be made available to the parents.
At the meeting the director will provide to the parent a written statement including the reason for recommending a referral for additional services, a copy of the three observations made by the director, a list of the teachers concerns, and a list of any efforts the center may have made to accommodate the child’s needs.
The director will offer assistance to the child’s parent in making the referral. Parents should be encouraged to call or request in writing an evaluation. If parents need extra support, the center may, with written parental consent, contact the referral agency for them.
If the child is at least 2 ½ years of age, the director shall inform the child’s parent(s) of the availability of services and their rights, including the right to appeal, under Chapter 766. If child is under the age of three, the director shall inform the child’s parent of the availability of services provided by Early Intervention.
FOLLOW –UP TO THE REFFERRAL:
Lilliput will, with parent’s permission, work with the agency who evaluated the child in order to provide for the needs of the child. If the child does not qualify for services, Lilliput will review the child’s progress every 3 months to determine if another referral is necessary.