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About early years aged 0-5 for children with Special educational needs or disabilities

Any early years setting must have arrangements in place to support children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND).  These arrangements should include a clear approach to identifying and responding to SEN, including a graduated approach

All early years settings in North Somerset will have identified an Inclusion Co-ordinator (INCCO), or in the case of maintained schools, a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO).

If a childcare setting thinks that a child has special educational needs or a disability they must work in partnership with parents to establish the support the child needs. If special provision is made for the child the parents must be informed

If a child has some additional needs it is helpful if they can be discussed at MAISEY (Multi-agency information and support in the early years).

Area Senco support for early years settings

All early years settings have access to guidance and advice from North Somerset Area SENCOs.

Specialist childminders

This is a joint project between North Somerset Council and Springboard Opportunity Group that aims to develop childminder's skills and confidence in supporting children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), alongside their mainstream children.

Specialist childminders are committed to ensuring that children with SEND are learning and developing in a high quality inclusive homebased environment.  They have attended a range of additional training that helps support them in meeting the needs of children with SEND.  Specialist childminders are able to use the services of the Springboard Specialist Childminder Co-ordinator who will visit your child at the childminders home to advise and support the childminder in making sure they are making the best possible progress.

Financial support in early years settings

Some children will require additional financial support in early year’s settings to ensure that they are able to make progress. Find out more about top up funding.

3 and 4 year olds who are attending an Ofsted registered childcare provider and are registered for Disability Living Allowance will be able to claim the Disability Access Fund for their childcare provider of £615.

Inclusion link programme

The purpose of the programme is to support pre-school children with SEND into school and to give them the best possible start to school life through:

  • parents, early years setting and school working together to plan a transfer programme that meets individual children’s needs.
  • sharing knowledge and information
  • ensuring a smooth and effective transfer to school

Funding for inclusion link programme is allocated on a year by year basis.

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