Early Years

SEND Training

SEND Training

Autism Education Trust Training

Buckinghamshire Council Early Years Service are delighted to have been awarded the Autism Education Trust Early Years Training licence, we are also the Regional Partner for the South East. The AET training is a modular training programme for practitioners and all those working in Early Years settings. In addition to the training and to support practitioners further the AET offers

Training modules for Early Years include:

  • Making Sense of Autism - basic autism awareness training for all practitioners in all early years settings, whether or not they work directly with children with autism.
  • Good Autism Practice – designed to support all practitioners working directly with children on the autism spectrum to develop their practice.

Details of module availability and how to book can be accessed through CPD Online 

If you are a Buckinghamshire Early Years setting and have a child who has autism attending your setting, we may be able to deliver the Making Sense of Autism to all practitioners at your setting as part of our support. To find out more about this please discuss with your Key Contact, a SEND Advisor or email earlyyearssend@buckingahsmire.gov.uk.

Practitioners in the south east outside of Buckinghamshire may contact autism@buckinghamshire.gov.uk  - 01296 387111 for further information.

Practitioner should access training from their local partners, please click here to find yours.

Level 3 Qualification for Early Years SENCOs

  • Are you a SENCO in an Early Years setting, or would you like to be?
  • Would you like to learn more about the role of a SENCo, build your confidence in the role and increase your knowledge about how best to support children with SEND in your setting?
  • Would you like opportunity to develop in your role as SENCO, to attend an annual SENCO networking event, work with other SENCos in the county; taking part in projects and sharing good practice with other SENCOs?
  • This qualification will provide you with opportunities for all of the above.

Requirements for Level 3 Qualification for Early Years SENCOs in Buckinghamshire:

  • Practitioners must have attended the 2 day Buckinghamshire SENCO training or an equivalent (this contributes towards the practical element of the course).
  • Practitioners must attend the ‘launch event’ and will have opportunity to take part in 2 additional workshops.
  • Practitioners should have the confidence and ability to lead others and implement good practice in their settings.
  • Practitioners must have an interest in SEND and be able to demonstrate this through webinars and training courses attended and additional reading/ websites accessed. There is a place to add all relevant information on the expression of interest form below.

More information about the content of the course can be found on the Qual Hub website

If you like the sound of this, please complete the below expression of interest form to register an interest:

SENCO Expression of interest QR code


Please contact earlyyearssend@buckinghamshire.gov.uk if you have any queries.


National Autistic Society EarlyBird Programme*

*We are currently reviewing our parent/practitioner offer so the programme may not be called 'EarlyBird' by the time families attend. Updates will follow when the decision has been made following our consultations.

The EarlyBird 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

Buckinghamshire Early Years Service run the programme and 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.
If your child is preschool aged and you would like to be considered for a place on the EarlyBird Programme please complete the application Form. Please note that completing an application from does not guarantee you a place on the programme.

Early Bird Application Form 

Understanding Autism Day – A day course for parents and a practitioner supporting their child

Monday 27th November 2023 or Monday 11th March 2024

From 10:00am to 3:00pm 

at The Gateway, Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury HP19 8FF 

This Autism Day is primarily for families of children aged from 3 to 6 who have been unable to attend the National Autistic Society EarlyBird Programme or ‘prefer the one-day offer’.

Up to 2 places will be allocated per family. A practitioner who works with the child will also be invited to the day.

To register your interest in attending the day please complete the Expression of Interest form for ‘Understanding Autism’

Understanding Autism Flyer

Any queries please contact earlyyears@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

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