SEND Information - National
SEND Code of Practice
Revision to the current Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Code of Practice. The Children and Families Act 2014 introduced a series of reforms to the system of support for children and young people with SEN and disabilities.
- SEN and Disability in the Early Years: A toolkit
- Department for Education
- SEND guide for early years settings
Best Practice Examples/Websites
Achievement for All
An independent, not-for-profit charity that transforms the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged children, young people and their families by raising educational aspirations, access and achievement.
Autism Education Trust early years section
A national 3 tier training programme for professionals working in early years settings. Includes the early years autism standards and the early years autism competency framework.
The Communication Trust early years section
Support for everyone who works with children and young people in England to support their speech, language and communication.
Council for Disabled Children
A national body that brings together the diverse range of organisations that work with and for disabled children to support the development and implementation of policy and practice.
Development Matters (Early Education)
Development Matters is non-statutory guidance which supports all those working in early childhood education settings to implement the requirements of the Statutory Framework for the EYFS.
Dyslexia SpLD Trust
A collaboration of voluntary and community organisations with funding from the Department for Education to provide reliable information to parents, teachers, schools and the wider sector.
Early Support is a way of working, underpinned by 10 principles that aim to improve the delivery of services for disabled children, young people and their families. It enables services to coordinate their activity better and provide families with a single point of contact and continuity through key working.
The Early Support resources offer a range of materials to support working with children with a range of needs.
The Early Years Developmental Journal is designed for families, practitioners and others to use as a way of recording, celebrating and supporting children’s progress. It is also for people who would like to find out more about children’s development in the early years. It supports key working by helping everyone involved with a child to share what they know and discuss how best to work together to support development and learning.
Foundation Years SEND section
Information and support for those working in the early years and childcare, delivering services for children and families.
ICAN – the children’s communications charity
A range of information services that provide help and advice to parents and practitioners about speech, language and communication.
The aim of the Inclusion Development Programme is to support schools and Early Years settings through web-based materials.
Inclusion Development Programme (IDP)
The IDP aims to:
- Build the independent capacity of schools and settings by helping teachers and practitioners to develop the skills needed for the early identification of children with high incidence needs;
- Strengthen leadership and strategic approaches to inclusion and achievement of children with high incidence needs by providing guidance and support for special educational needs coordinators (SENCOs), leaders and managers.
- Early Years Speech, Language and Communication Needs
- Early Years Autism
- Early Years Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties
A free educational resource on children and young people’s mental health for all adults.
The UK’s leading organisation supporting those who work with or care for children and young people with special and additional educational needs and disabilities.
National Children’s Bureau
A leading charity that for 50 years has been improving the lives of children and young people, especially the most vulnerable
National Sensory Impairment Partnership
A partnership of organisations working together to improve outcomes for children and young people with sensory impairment
sendgateway early years section
An online portal offering education professionals free, easy access to high quality information, resources and training for meeting the needs of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).