for early years and childcare providers

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

The Early Years Service offers a range of flexible, quality assured support, advice and guidance to early years and childcare providers. Early Years Advisors work with member and non-member settings and their role includes supporting settings to promote inclusive practice and with the early identification of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

Member settings have access to additional support and training bundles, as well as telephone and email support from Early Years Advisers who can support with SEND issues.

There is a universal offer to all settings of SEND Surgeries throughout the county three times a year. These provide the opportunity for a provider to have a half an hour face to face meeting with an advisor to discuss anonymised concerns relating to SEND, this includes concerns about individuals or groups of children who are not already known to SEND Specialist services. Information on upcoming dates of SEND surgeries and how to book a space will be available here at a later stage.

SENIF Funding

Special Educational Needs Inclusion Funding (SENIF) provides a contribution to the support settings put in place for children with significant and complex needs. Further information about SENIF can be found on the SENIF page.

SEND Forms

The Early Years Service, supported by SEND Specialist Services have devised a range of forms that can be used to document the Assess Plan Do Review cycle. Documents to support the SEND cycle as shown in the diagram below are available to download. If you require are the setting SENCo and you require a  word version of the documents please arrange to join the SENCo Knowledge Hub, where word versions of the documents are available to download.

A guidance flowchart on the Assess Plan Do Review Cycle and a Graduated approach to SEND can be found below.

SEND Flow Chart and Guidance

Size: 381.31 KB File format: pdf

APDR Overview sheet

Size: 205.50 KB File format: pdf

My Individual Child Plan Tracking Sheet

Size: 238.56 KB File format: pdf

My Individual Child Plan

Size: 356.67 KB File format: pdf

Patterns of Behaviour (ABCC)

Size: 437.94 KB File format: pdf

Plan for supporting positive interactions

Size: 110.51 KB File format: pdf

Record of Meeting

Size: 22.35 KB File format: pdf

Shared provision update

Size: 248.30 KB File format: pdf

Targetted Observation

Size: 416.96 KB File format: pdf

Summary of SEND Documents

Size: 678.84 KB File format: pdf


A number of resources will soon be available to download to support practitioners with target setting and providing suitable support for children with additional needs.



Tel:  01223 699 732