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About Us

Welcome to SENNIES, the agency dedicated to providing introduction, support, and training for families and children with special educational needs (SEN).

 

Our goal is to help you find the perfect Sennie, whether you require a SEN nanny, specialist, teacher, or carer to assist with your childcare needs.

We understand the challenges that come with finding the right childcare and support for your family. That's why we offer a range of services to make the recruitment process as smooth and stress-free as possible.

Our team of experienced SEN Childcare Specialists works with families to provide bespoke solutions that meet their unique needs. Our introduction process is designed to ensure that we fully understand your requirements and match you with the most suitable Sennies or specialists for your family. We provide ongoing support throughout the recruitment process, including job description review, interview support, and compliance checks.

 

In addition to our introduction services, we offer a variety of exceptional support and training packages with expert professionals in the field, ranging from in-home support to school visits to EHCP support. We are committed to helping you navigate the world of SEN support and providing the resources you need to make informed decisions.

We also provide training and support to help increase the pool of Super Sennies and offer recommendations on becoming an employer. Our mission is to empower families with the tools and knowledge they need to make the best decisions for their loved ones.

Get in touch with us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you find quality SEN childcare in the UK. Let SENNIES be your trusted partner in providing the support your family needs.

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Meet the team

Meet the team

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Georgia 
CEO & Co-Founder

Georgia has a degree in Performing Arts and 10 years of SEN childcare experience within both the school and home environment. As an experienced Super Sennie herself, Georgia has successfully supported hundreds of families in finding a Sennie and over 50 families in training Nannies into Super Sennies.

As a neurodiverse woman with ADHD, Georgia sees it as her superpower in terms of her successes and hopes to share how positive neurodiversity can be with the right support. She is deeply passionate about helping young people of all abilities become more independent within society, promoting positive behaviours through creative activities, provided by quality, consistent, and resilient childcarers.

Georgia discovered that the current SEN Childcare market was overpriced, under-trained, and largely unfair on both nannies and families alike, which inspired her to establish SENNIES to change this. She understands the challenges of the role and offers hands-on support for Sennies placed with us.

In addition to her work with SENNIES, Georgia is an aspiring singer and songwriter, although her passion for helping young people takes priority. 

Check out Georgia's latest interview with our trusted partner Nanny Tax here

Tobi
Co owner and founder 

Tobi, a business management graduate, has an impressive background in creating and leading businesses. As a co-founder of SENNIES, he is passionate about fulfilling the organisation's social mission to provide access to high-quality childcarers for children with special educational needs.

Tobi has first-hand experience with ADHD, Autism, and Down Syndrome, having grown up in close circles with people who live with these conditions. He is well-equipped to tackle the challenges and bring joy to those involved in the SEN community. In his role at SENNIES, Tobi ensures that the organisation delivers a top-notch service to all its clients.

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Anthony
Head of Recruitment  

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Anita

Office Manager and Head of compliance 

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Ria
Recruitment assistant

Ria not only works for SENNIES HQ but she is also currently a Live in, part time Sennie and absolutely smashing it in her role! She knows all about the SENNIES process and how to land your dream role from the inside out!  Prior to working for SENNIES HQ and as a Sennie she recently completed a university degree in Psychology so has a deeper understanding of SEN and cannot wait to discuss your experience in more detail with you.

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Anthony
Head of Recruitment  

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Anita

Office Manager and Head of compliance 

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Ria
Recruitment assistant

Ria not only works for SENNIES HQ but she is also currently a Live in, part time Sennie and absolutely smashing it in her role! She knows all about the SENNIES process and how to land your dream role from the inside out!  Prior to working for SENNIES HQ and as a Sennie she recently completed a university degree in Psychology so has a deeper understanding of SEN and cannot wait to discuss your experience in more detail with you.

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Anita

Director & Head of Recruitment 

With over 20 years of experience working for the NHS and various charities, Anita has dedicated her career to helping others. As a manager of large NHS organisations for decades, she brings a wealth of management and compliance experience to the SENNIES team.

 

As a SEN parent herself, Anita is the perfect addition to the SENNIES family, providing a parent's perspective that aligns with the values and heart of our agency.

Anita's first-hand experience with SEN parenting gives her insight into what we're looking for when resourcing new Sennies to join our community. With her expertise and commitment to helping others, she plays a vital role in finding the best possible support for families and children with special educational needs.

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Katie

PA to CEO & Senior Recruiter 

SENNIES is thrilled to have Katie on board as Georgia's PA/Support worker and senior Recruiter.

 

With her background as an NHS PA in Mental Health and experience as a dedicated Sennie, Katie brings a wealth of expertise to ensure SENNIES runs smoothly during this early stage of development.

She has effectively undertaken trips alongside our esteemed partner, Scott Dunn, where she has demonstrated her impressive Sennie skills in action. This has enabled her to assist families in identifying exceptional candidates for their roles. She collaborates closely with Georgia on all the latest developments related to SENNIES and is an excellent choice for overseeing roles aimed at helping families successfully locate a Sennie.

It's important to note that our CEO also has SEN, and Katie's support has been instrumental in ensuring that Georgia can work at her full potential.

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Lucy
Recruiter

Meet Lucy, our latest addition to the team, bringing an exceptional blend of professional expertise and personal experience in special educational needs (SEN). With years of dedicated service as a Sennie, Lucy has provided unwavering support to children with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) and neurodiversity. Her passion for assisting families in locating compassionate Sennies like herself, who can offer part-time or full-time support, is evident.

Lucy's journey within the SEN field has been deeply influenced by her own family dynamics. Growing up with a brother who has additional needs, she has gained invaluable insights that have shaped both her personal and professional growth. This unique perspective enables Lucy to connect with families on a profound level, understanding the challenges they face and providing the tailored assistance they require.

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Alison

EHCP & SEN training Specialist 

SENNIES is excited to partner with Alison, a dedicated SEN professional with over ten years of experience supporting children with disabilities.

 

Alison's passion for ensuring that disabled children have access to the same opportunities as their peers has driven her career, which has spanned various roles in special schools, residential care, social work, and specialist nannying.

 

She holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with Health Studies from Bath Spa University and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Hertfordshire, and has extensive knowledge of key legislation including the Children and Families Act 2014 and the SEND Code of Practice. Alison's practical experience supporting children with disabilities in education and at home has given her a strong understanding of the challenges families can face. She now offers consulting services to empower families with better understanding and support them to move forward as smoothly as possible.

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Bea
SEN Specialist

SENNIES is thrilled to have Bea join our team as a partner. With extensive experience working in the education and support of young people with autism, severe learning difficulties, and comorbid conditions, Bea brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our organisation. As the former deputy head of Downs View Special School in Brighton, she has a proven track record of leadership and success in the field.

Bea's teaching experience spans both primary and secondary schools, and she has mentored NQT teachers while serving as the lead teacher for communication, including being a Makaton tutor. As an educational consultant, she has provided guidance and support to staff in residential homes, for EOTAS packages, as well as working with families and young people in their own homes. Her work involves planning a waking day curriculum, developing strategies for managing complex and challenging behaviours, and leading the implementation of consistent communication systems.

 

We are confident that Bea's expertise will be invaluable to our mission of providing quality support and care for families and children with special educational needs.

Check out the support and training packages Bea offers through SENNIES here

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Dr. Jacqui Shepherd 
SEN Specialist & Educator

SENNIES is thrilled to collaborate with Dr Jacqui Shepherd, a seasoned expert in the special needs field, with extensive personal and professional experience. Her expertise includes:

  • Serving as a Senior Lecturer in Inclusion and Special Educational Needs at the University of Sussex for several years, bringing a wealth of knowledge to the table.

  • Organising modules such as ‘Disabled Childhoods’, ‘Understanding Autism and Education’, and ‘Inclusion, Diversity, and Equality in Education’ for undergraduate degrees.

  • Supervising MA students in special educational needs, disability, and inclusion, providing them with valuable guidance.

  • Coordinating and delivering training in SEND and inclusion to trainee teachers at Sussex, ensuring they are well equipped to handle diverse classrooms.

  • Conducting a funded PhD that examined the transition experiences of young people with autism who left special school for further education, offering valuable insights into the challenges they face.

Moreover, Dr Shepherd is a dedicated SEN specialist with a personal connection to the field - her son has been diagnosed with autism and severe learning difficulties. This drives her passion for providing excellent support to families and children in need.

 

Check out the support and training packages Jacqui offers through SENNIES here


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Anthony

Compliance

We are delighted to welcome back Anthony, who will be providing part-time support to SENNIES for compliance requirements. His valuable expertise and understanding of SEN childcare and UK compliance procedures make him an essential asset to the team.

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Will
Digital Marketing 

Will is a digital marketing expert who's helping to drive SENNIES' resourcing, digital platforms and marketing. 

Our mission is close to his heart having grown up with a brother who has multiple SENs including Down Syndrome. Will takes pride in caring for his brother and wants everyone to have access to a Sennie.

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Tony

DLA & PIP

Specialist 

SENNIES is thrilled to announce our partnership with Tony, who is a specialist in providing support packages for Personal Independence Payments. With over a decade of experience in this field, Tony has helped numerous applicants obtain the financial support they are entitled to. His expertise and dedication make him an invaluable asset to our team.

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Your SEN Childcare Solution

Juggling life and a career is a challenge. When a member of your family has Special Educational Needs, life can become more challenging to manage family activities. Let us help you find the right Sennie for your families' unique needs. 

We match Sennies with the right family by having a personalised and thorough recruitment process - saving you time, money and sparing frustration.
 
We pride ourselves on fully understanding the needs and requirements of all of our families. In addition, we review each Sennie to challenge their specific skill set and understand how we can best support them in finding the right family for them to shine. This allows us to be the perfect matchmakers.

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