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SEND childcare and early years

Help for children with SEND in early years settings

All early years settings such as nurseries and preschools must support children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) and help them to learn.

This is done using special educational needs (SEN) support.

Read more about SEN support in our SEND local offer education section.

When talking to early years settings about SEN support, you may hear some difficult terms. These include:

  • ordinarily available provision, which is the support given to children with SEND by all early years settings and other education providers using regular funding from the council and Education and Skills Funding Agency
  • the graduated approach, which is an important part of SEN support that takes children through a series of assessments, actions and reviews so that early years settings can learn more about your child and help them to get the best results or outcomes

If your early years setting thinks that your child needs additional support, you can consider applying for an education, health and care (EHC) plan.