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Referral Process


Tiny Hands Big Futures specialises in therapeutic send provision.


We welcome referrals from: 

Children in the following year groups: FS2, Y1, Y2, Y3, Y4. Children muddy have a Support Plan, My Plan, or Education Health Care Plan.


We accept children who have been identified as having needs that fall into the following three categories taken from SEND Code of Practice: 


Communication and Interaction

Section 6.28:  Children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) have difficulty in communicating with others. 


Section 6.29: Children and young people with ASD, including Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism, are likely to have particular difficulties with social interaction. 


Cognition and learning 

Section 6.30: Support for learning difficulties may be required when children and young people learn at a slower pace than their peers, even with appropriate differentiation

Section 6.31: Specific learning difficulties (SpLD), 

Sensory and/or physical needs 

Section 6.34:  Some children and young people require special educational provision because they have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of the educational facilities generally provided.


We do not accept referrals for children who have Social Emotional Mental Health/ADHD as their primary need.



To access the therapeutic alternative provision, a child must have a My Plan or an Education Health Care Plan. 

The referral needs to be completed by the school or local authority. 

Parents and Carers can request a placement through the school or the local authority SEND Statutory Assessment and Review Service (SENDSARS) team for their child. 


We offer a clear tiered package of support: 

  • Targeted support for children in mainstream

  • Time limited placements in AP with a return to original school

  • Transitional placements for children to transition to a different school.

Referrals will be triaged and discussed then schools informed of the next steps of the process, this will include an observation visit and further discussions with the LA/School.  Hugi Hub and Den or Hugi Nest quality assurance visits must be completed by the school.    A visit from the child and family prior to a place being finalised is vital.

Our service offers a maximum of 15 hours per week per child. 






Referral Option

Schools can contact our team directly to refer a child to be assessed for an alternative provision placement. 


We accept referrals from Local Authorities and Schools as a private arrangement. 

We recommend a school and family visit prior to admission and we offer an outreach visit to the child in their family home or school. 

We accept referrals from Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley, Derbyshire. 

Email us at    


call 0114 473 5396


Sheffield City Council Referral Option

Hugi Hub has a contract with Sheffield City Council as part of their Primary Step Out Programme. Sheffield Schools can choose to refer via this route.

Click the pencil below to download the referral form. 

For further information please contact Sheffield City Council Progressions Team.  


Admission Criteria Therapeutic SEND Provision 

Children will be considered for a place who are on Level 4/ 5 of the Sheffield Support Grid, or High Level of Need.

Our children often have  complex needs, often diagnosed with Autism, or on an ASD pathway, Developmental Language Disorder, Social, Communication Difficulties, Sensory Processing Difficulties, Cognition and Learning Needs, often awaiting a special school place.  We consider some children who present with trauma, attachment,  who need a trauma informed approach to access learning. Children who have a primary need of Social, Emotional, Mental Health unfortunately will not be offered a place as there are other provisions that offer SEMH places.  

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