SEN and Disability in the Early Years Toolkit

Children and the Council for Disabled Children (CDC) produced a toolkit for SEN and disability in the early years. Each section of the toolkit provides a briefing on a particular aspect of the SEN and disability reforms as they apply to early years providers. Each section is based on the statutory requirements and the guidance from the early years, the SEN and the disability frameworks, and draws on a range of relevant practice guidance and other materials to provide an accessible guide to SEN and disability in the early years.

Towards the end of most of the sections of the toolkit is a useful tool, an activity or a reflective task to support practitioners in applying the particular topic to their own setting.

Toolkit contents:

  1. Frequently Asked Questions
  2. Statutory Requirements
  3. Universal Inclusive Practice
  4. First Concerns and Early Identification
  5. SEN support in the Early Years – A Graduated Approach
  6. The Role of the Early Years SENCO
  7. Involving Parents and Carers
  8. Working with other professionals and other sources of information and support
  9. Education, Health and Care Needs Assessments and Plans
  10. Transitions for children with SEN and disabilities

Early Support’s School Years Developmental Journal

The Early Support Developmental Journals are designed to help families, teachers and other practitioners better support development especially where children or young people have special educational needs and disabilities. The Journals are easy-to-use tools to help with observing, recording and celebrating progress, and to identify areas where extra help and support may be needed.  All the Journals aim to empower families and put them at the heart of decision-making, supported by a co-ordinated keyworking approach.