This webpage has been created to give Early Years Practitioners and Parents/Carers easy access to relevant information and resources to support young children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
Please click on the images below for information and resources relevant to that subject area.
The following sections below have additional information and guidance that will further support your inclusive practice in settings, and assessment of individual children's strengths and needs. Please click on the images below to jump straight to these sections.
A guide to inclusive childcare for childcare providers
This guide, which gives information about how you can make your childcare setting inclusive and accessible for children with SEND, was written by Unique Kidz and commissioned by Family and Childcare Trust.
The Makaton Friendly scheme recognises places that strive to make their services accessible for people who use Makaton to support their communication. Here are links directly to the Criteria for achieving a Makaton Friendly award and the Makaton Friendly nomination form, which includes the price structure. For more information about the Scheme, including frequently asked questions visit the Makaton Friendly section on the Makaton Charity website. Click on the Makaton friendly logo below to go directly to their free resources webpage. There is also a Makaton Good Practice Action Plan in the downloads section on the right-hand side of this webpage. The Let's talk Makaton Youtube Channel provides lots of video clips on useful individual Makaton signs and symbols.
The National Portage Association (NPA) Stamp of Approval Scheme is an award given to early year’s settings who have demonstrated they deliver inclusive early years education based upon Portage Principles. Here are links directly to the following downloadable documents from their website: NPA Criteria for Stamp of Approval, Guidance Notes for NPA Stamp of Approval and NPA Stamp of Approval Application form. Please see the 'Achieving the NPA Stamp of Approval Scheme' document in the downloads section on the right-hand side of this web page to help you prepare for getting approval. There are lots of other useful resources available on the Portage Support Hub, some are free and some require membership (£35 per year) to download.
NASEN Focus on send online training for Early Years
Focus on SEND training is a free course aiming to help teachers and educational practitioners working across the 0 – 25 years age range to develop high quality practice in order to better meet the needs of their learners with SEND. It is based on the evidence of what constitutes good continuing professional development (CPD) and so takes a practice- led, enquiry-based and collaborative approach.
A suite of materials aimed to support teachers, teaching assistants & trainee teachers to increase their knowledge and skills in working with children & young people with a range of special educational needs (sen):
The Communication Trust website has a range of freely downloadable resources that will help adults to support young children’s communication and interaction
Early Years Setting SEND Audit Tool
This audit tool can be found in the downloads section on the right-hand side of this web page.
Supporting children’s emotional responses using a STAR Chart – Settings, Triggers, Actions and Responses
Please see the guidance document and blank template added in the downloads section on the right-hand side of this webpage.
What to expect when?
This can be downloaded for free and hardcopies can be purchased from Action for Children. Click on the image below to open this document as a pdf.
Please see the document added in the downloads section on the right-hand side of this webpage.
Early Support Programme Developmental Journal Materials
Although the DfE Early Support Programme is no longer currently running, all the materials remain relevant and up to date, apart from a few of the links, and are now available through The Council for Disabled Children website:
Please see the excerpt in the downloads section on the right-hand side of this webpage from the PLA book Bilingualism in the Early Years – A resourceful guide to theory and practice. More resources like this are available from the book and other resources found on the https://www.pre-school.org.uk/ website
A whole range of resources can be found either by clicking on the title above or from www.torbay.gov.uk/children-and-families/childcare/early-years-foundation-stage and then clicking on the ‘Speech, language and communication’ tab
The purpose of the observation profile is to enhance the teacher’s ability to assess the young child’s progress in developing skills and understanding in those areas which are typically impaired in autism.
The Autism Observation Profile works well alongside the Autism Education Trust Early Years Competency Framework. This framework sets out the skills, knowledge and understandings that staff require to work effectively with children with autism.
Click the title above to learn more about purchasing this affordable resource. This resource aims to assess young children’s social interaction, communication and play skills alongside suggesting small next steps for the child.
This freely downloadable guidance produced by Early Education is the Early Years Outcomes with additional support looking specifically at the provision needed to enable young children to achieve the intended outcomes.
What Early Years providers need to know and do, including responsibilities to disabled children under the Children and Families Act 2014