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Support for children with SEND in early years settings

What support you can expect

Early years settings must:

Special educational provision

The early years setting will give special educational provision to children with SEN. This is the same as the provision given to all children. The setting will discuss this with you as a parent or carer and work out the best way to offer support. 

If a child has special educational provision, the setting considers them in receipt of SEN Support

We recommend that you talk to the SEN coordinator (SENCO) at the setting for more details about what they can provide.

Funding support in the setting

Some childcare providers may be able to get funding to support the needs of children with SEN or disability in the setting. This could be used to pay for:

  • special equipment
  • resources
  • extra staff
  • training

Speak to your provider to find out more.

Education, health and care (EHC) assessments and plans

Settings can ask for an EHC needs assessment if they feel a child needs one. 

Find out more about the EHC needs assessment.

Some children in early years settings have an EHC plan. EHC plans are reviewed at least once a year. During the review, staff look at the child's progress and hopes for the future. 

Find out more about annual reviews

Maintained nurseries

Maintained nurseries (funded by the local authority) also have to publish an annual SEN information report. You can find this on the setting's website or you can ask for a copy. This explains how they assess, involve and support children with SEN. 

Childcare support for children with SEND

Find information about the support you can get with  childcare for children with SEND.

Search our Family Information Directory for early years settings

Some settings give extra information about how they provide for children with SEND and are marked with the yellow Local Offer symbol.

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