Early Years SEN Advisory Team


Early Years Special Educational Needs Advisory Team

The Early Years Special Educational Needs Advisory Team are able to provide advice and information to early years settings, to give further information on how the setting might meet the needs of a child with a Special Educational Need or Disability (SEND).

Early Years SEN Advisors (Inclusion) will empower all Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCo) and staff working in childcare settings to develop an inclusive early learning environment and to help them support children.

The role of the SENCo is crucial for childcare settings in supporting early identification and intervention for children with special educational needs and will be a useful contact for you if you have any concerns about your child’s development. The SENCo’s responsibilities include:

  • Co-ordinating a setting’s recording.
  • Ensuring close working relationships with parents.
  • Ensuring liaison with outside agencies with respect to a child’s additional needs.
  • Helping to ensure smooth transitions for children.

Services Supported by Early Years SEN Advisors

Portage Services

The early support team also provide a service to families with children with SEND called Portage, to find out more about this service, please click here or alternatively, download our Portage leaflet for information by clicking here (PDF, 1.38MB, 2 pages). 

EYSEN Support Service for Childcare Settings

For childcare providers who wish to find out more about this service, and engage with the Early Years SEN Advisors (Inclusion) please click here.

* A typical childcare setting is pre-school, nursery, child minder etc.


Children in Care

Early Years SEN Advisory team do not complete Personal Education Plans (PEP)  for children in care but, if you wish to learn more about these and the virtual school, please click here.


Local Offer

To view various Early Years SEN services listed on the Local Offer website please click here