The majority of children with additional or special educational needs will not require special resources or enhanced staffing to be successfully included in settings because most settings will meet the additional needs of their children very well.
For guidance on the expectations of Universal Inclusive Practice in Early Years settings refer to Chapter 3 of the SEN and Disability in the Early Years Toolkit (Council For Disabled Children).
What is Inclusion Funding?
This funding can support the inclusion and participation of children with severe/complex needs and/or disability. These children may need additional funding:
- from the start of their Free Entitlement placement
- for a time limited period
- for the duration of their time in an Early Years setting.
Who can apply?
Settings who are in receipt of Early Years Free Entitlement (for example, private, voluntary and independent settings) can apply for Inclusion Funding following a discussion with their local Early Years and Childcare Adviser. If you don’t know who your Adviser is, contact your local Children and family centre.
The completed application form must be submitted at least 15 working days before the Funding Panel date for the application to be considered. Upcoming panel dates - 4 December 2017 and 29 January 2018.
1. Read the following documents
2. Complete the application form
3. If your application is successful, read the following document thoroughly
The purpose of the EYPARM is to discuss a pre-school child’s strengths and areas of need, and how best to support these within an educational setting. The SEN (Special Educational Needs) Assessment Team may seek information from the relevant early years setting of the child being referred to the EYPARM.
A template for this can be found on the Local Offer website (Information>Early Years>EPARM SEN in the Early Years) along with further information on EYPARM.
Note that the form may also be appropriate if a report is requested by other agencies, such as a Child Development Centre.
Information to share with families
Key documents to support the needs of individual children
Speech and Language Setting Support (SaLSS)
The Speech and Language Therapy Service and SaLSS therapists liaise with the Early Years and Childcare advisors to ensure appropriate support is available to Early Years settings.
Where individual transition planning will be beneficial for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), materials have been developed by the Early Childhood Service and their partners. They can assist practitioners in schools and early years settings, health professionals, parents and carers to work together to ensure a smooth transition into a new setting.
The following documents from the Transition Plan above, are provided here in Word to adapt for your setting:
This approach is based on the values of inclusion and helps adults plan the support a child needs to be included and involved in their community (which includes you as their childcare setting).
This pack is intended to provide the tools needed to plan for children who have an identified special educational need or disability (SEND), or where there is a concern about the child’s learning and development. It also provides support in meeting the principles of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice (January 2015).
The following parts of the pack are provided in Microsoft Word format to adapt for your own setting:
The Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is additional funding for early years settings to improve the education they provide for disadvantaged 3 and 4 year olds.
A child who is being looked after by their local authority is known as a child in care. They might be living with foster parents, at home with their parents under the supervision of social services, in residential children's homes, or other residential settings like schools or secure units. They might have been placed in care voluntarily by parents struggling to cope, or children's services may have intervened because a child was at significant risk of harm.
A private fostering arrangement is one made without the involvement of a local authority for a child under the age of 16 (under 18 if disabled). They will be cared for by someone other than a parent or close relative, with the intention that it should last for 28 days or more.
Early Years settings that become aware of a private fostering arrangement must make a referral through MASH.
- Private fostering - Information about private fostering and how to make a referral through MASH.