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SEND Guidance for early years providers


Government guidance

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The government produced a guide for early years providers on the support system for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

A graduated approach to meeting special educational needs

Our Graduated approach pages explain the provision for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) which should be available.

The Graduated approach guidance also provides the threshold for access to the high needs funding block. Early education providers will need to demonstrate that the pupils they are putting forward for high needs funding have needs that are significantly outside and beyond those which can be provided for using the delegated mainstream block funding. Evidence of such levels of attainment and needs will still have to be submitted to Trafford on a Family Common Assessment Framework (CAF) together with a provision map. Good provision mapping and the tracking of the outcomes of any interventions offered to the pupil will ensure that providers/schools have this evidence to hand.

Services that support early years providers

There is a wide variety of services across education, health and social care providing advice on children with SEN or who are disabled. This advice is available for early education providers, other services, parents and carers.

There are a number of services available which offer training, advice and guidance to early years providers:


Signalong is designed to help children and adults with communication difficulties, mostly associated with learning disabilities, autism and other special needs. Trafford early years adopts signalong as the main approach to supporting children with language and communication difficulties in the early years. Early education providers and schools can access signalong training. View Trafford’s Signs and symbols guidance.

Local offer template

Providers may choose to download our template to complete your individual local offer. Guidance notes are also available.

For Childminders:

For Group Settings:


Disabled children and the Equality Act 2010

The Council for Disabled Children produced Disabled children and the Equality Act 2010, a guidance document for early years providers . It looks at disability discrimination duties in the context of duties to all young children, set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and duties to disabled children set out in the Children and Families Act 2014. It provides a short guide to what early years professionals need to know and do to make sure they don’t discriminate against disabled children.

A Graduated Approach - Supporting Childrens Behaviour in the Early Years

(Special Educational Needs Advisory Service)

Children need to have clear boundaries in order to learn, grow and be safe. It is important to set boundaries in a positive and consistent manner, which will help children to develop a sense of the significance of their behaviour and its effect on others. Our ‘Graduated Approach to Supporting Children’s Behaviour’ guidance document is full of of practical strategies, tips and ideas to support children’s behaviour in early years settings. You will also find useful templates to help you identify triggers to behaviour through the use of observation and sample individual support plans for young children. View A Graduated Approach - Supporting Children's Behaviour in the Early Years

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