Support for children with SEND in early years settings
Childcare support for children with SEND
Find information about the support you can get with childcare for children with SEND.
Search our Family Information Directory for early years settings
Some settings give extra information about how they provide for children with SEND and are marked with the Local Offer logo.
What support you can expect
Early years settings must:
Special educational provision
The early years setting will give special educational provision to children with SEND. This is the same as the provision given to all children. The setting will discuss this with you as a parent or carer and work out the best way to offer support.
If a child has special educational provision, the setting considers them in receipt of SEND Support.
We recommend that you talk to the SEND coordinator (SENCO) at the setting for more details about what they can provide.
Funding support in the setting
Some childcare providers may be able to get funding to support the needs of children with SEN or disability in the setting. This could be used to pay for:
- special equipment
- extra staff
Speak to your provider to find out more.
Education, health and care (EHC) assessments and plans
Settings can ask for an EHC needs assessment if they feel a child needs one.
Find out more about the EHC plan process.
Some children in early years settings have an EHC plan. EHC plans are reviewed at least once a year. During the review, staff look at the child's progress and hopes for the future.
Find out more about the review for an EHC plan.
Maintained nurseries (funded by the local authority) also have to publish an annual SEN information report. You can find this on the setting's website or you can ask for a copy. This explains how they assess, involve and support children with SEND.