Early Years

Early Years
Key Principles and Duties

A key principle for Early Years settings is that there should be no delay in making any necessary SEN provision. The SEND Code of Practice 2015 says that:

"Early action to address identified needs is critical to the future progress and improved outcomes that are essential in helping the child to prepare for adult life". 

Schools should be supporting children with special educational needs and are required to identify and address the special educational needs of the pupil/students that they support.  The SEND Code of Practice 2015 says that:

"Schools must use their best endeavours to make sure that a child with SEN gets the support they need - this means doing everything they can to meet children and young people's SEN'."

Where a student at a further education setting has a learning difficulty or disability requiring special educational provision, all institutions within the further education sector must use their " best endeavours" to put appropriate support in place to ensure those needs are met.

Follow the link below for more information: 

SEND code of practice: 0 to 25 years

What does SEN Support in school mean?

Send support in early years (PDF 217KB)