Early Years

Autism Information and Training

Autism Information and Training

The National Autistic Society in 2016 asked young people with Autism ‘What would have made school better?

  • 58% chose ‘If teachers understood autism’
  • 46% chose ‘If people in class were less noisy’
  • 38% chose ‘If other school staff understood Autism’’

‘If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.’ Ignacio Estrada

‘Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others’ – National Autistic Society (2017)

Autism Training for Parents

National Autistic Society EarlyBird Programme

The NAS EarlyBird Plus Programme is a 8 week programme for parents / carers of young children with autism. A pre-school or school practitioner, who is currently involved with the child, may also attend with the parents/carers.

The programme currently runs termly on a Friday morning in the Aylesbury area.

The programme works in partnership with parents / carers to help them to:

  • Understand their child’s autism spectrum disorder
  • Develop their child’s communication
  • Apply practical strategies to support their child’s behaviour

We have a protocol for allocation of places which includes giving priority to families whose children are preschool aged at the time they attend the programme.


Understanding Autism - 21st March 2020 - Fully Booked
This course is for parents of children with Autism who are aged between 3 and 11 years old. It has been specifically developed for family members who have not been able to access a place on the National Autistic Society EarlyBird Programme.  Parents are able to invite a practitioner who works with their child to attend with them in order to facilitate collaborative learning.
To be put on the cancellation list or the list for any future courses please email: earlyyears@buckinghamshire.gov.uk 



Bespoke Support

Book bespoke support by completing this order form or email your request to eycpd@buckinghamshire.uk

  • An EY SEND Advisor can offer telephone advice or may offer  a setting visit to support a Pre-school Early Years Setting meet the needs of a child with Autism.  Information about accessing EY SEND involvement is available on the Early Years SEND and Inclusion Home Page.
  • Schools can receive telephone advice from an EY SEND Advisor or can purchase support for children with autism in their Reception Class.
In-House Training

Autism Education Trust - "Making Sense of Autism"

Protocol for in-house training

Book in-house training by completing this order form or email your request to eycpd@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

Further Autism Training for Professionals

Autism Education Trust Training Courses

Details of AET training courses in Buckinghamshire can be found in the Early Years Service Training Calendar,

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