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Early Education and Childcare (0-5 years)

This section provides information on educational support available for children aged 0 to 5 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). 

Early years providers, schools and childcare settings must have arrangements in place to identify and support children with SEND and must promote equality of opportunity for the children in their care.

These duties are outlined in the SEND Code of Practice and in section 1 of the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework (EYFS).

Pre-schools, day nurseries, school nurseries and schools have a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) who is responsible for implementing the Special Educational Needs (SEN) policy and for arranging help and support for children with additional needs in their setting. Childminders fulfil this role in their settings.

The Graduated Response outlines the approach that providers take to support children with SEND.  You can find out more about this in the Graduated Response and EHCPs section below.

Settings can apply for Early Years additional SEND payments as part of the council’s inclusion fund to support children with SEND. They can also receive payments via the Disability Access Fund. An extra amount will be paid to them if a child at their setting has an EHCP which requires them to offer more support than this existing funding pays for.