Children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) all have learning difficulties or disabilities that make it harder for them to learn than most children and young people of the same age. These children and young people may need extra or different help to others.
Check out what financial support is available for your setting, for example Disability Access Funding (DAF) and Bursary funding.
The 0 to 25 Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Code of Practice sets out four areas of SEN:
Many children and young people who have SEN may also have a disability, which has a long-term and substantial adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities’. This includes, for example, sensory impairments such as those that affect sight and hearing and long-term health conditions such as asthma, diabetes or epilepsy.
The Equalities Act (2010) requires that early years providers, schools, colleges, other educational settings and local authorities:
Early years practitioners should complete the ‘My Story’ document with the child’s parent as part of the early years process for children seeking involvement from the SEN team. The ‘My Story’ information will be used for any future referral for an Education, Health and Care Plan. It has been agreed that the ‘My Story’ document will be completed to ensure all views and needs of the child have been captured. If the request does not progress to an EHCP, the ‘My Story’ can be used to explore the services or resources available to support the child as part of the Salford Local Offer. The ‘My Story’ can also be used to aid transition planning, alongside the Starting Life Well ‘All about me’ document.
You can download a template for ‘My Story’ from the bottom of this page.
What to do if you are concerned about a child
The early years of a child’s life are a key time for development. It is important that any special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) are found as early as possible.
Having a Special Educational Need or Disability could mean that a child has:
It is important to remember that children develop at different speeds and in different ways. You should not assume that because a child is developing more slowly than others that they have special educational needs or a disability.
However, if you’re concerned contact / speak to:
The Role of the Starting Life Well Service Area SENCO
Area SENCOs provide advice; support and guidance to early years childcare providers on the development of an inclusive early learning environment, ensuring arrangements are in place to support children with SEND. They advise settings on how children with SEND learn and develop and how they can best support and plan to meet the individual children’s needs. The Area SENCO helps make the links between education, health and social care to facilitate appropriate early years provision for children with SEND and their transition to compulsory schooling.
Typically, the role of the Area SENCO includes:
How to contact:
There is no referral required however Early Years childcare providers SENCO’s can access support from the SLW Area SENCO’s by sending an email outlining the nature of support required to SLW@salford.gov.uk or telephoning 0161 778 0384.
Settings Local Offer
Every setting in Salford is invited to contribute to the Local Offer by doing the following:
Please use the downloadable template (available from the bottom of the page) to let us have the local offer for your childcare setting. There is also a useful prompt sheet available to download with the type of information you should include.
“We have had a significant number of children on our SEN register since we opened our first nursery in January 2014.
V.. has had a great input as our Area SENCO and has performed many nursery support visits to our two settings.
V.. has assisted with our play plans and monitoring of children as we have many agencies involved with each of our children.
V.. has attended Family Support Meetings for one of our children and gives support to my staff team whenever required, and has informed us of relevant training courses to attend to improve professional knowledge.
V.. always ensures we have up to date documents and information at all times.
We know that we can always ring or email V.. at any time and get an immediate reply to our queries. Overall the support given to my SENCO staff is outstanding”.
“I have always found the service provided to be professional and helpful. They have supported my setting and ensured that the children and parents receive correct and up to date advice. I have used the service for training purposes and to signpost parents onto relevant services. We have received support for parents at meetings such as transitions. The service has given support for the setting in advising which children to refer to EHCP and educational Psychologist services”.
“I will be able to implement and use my knowledge to ensure observations, play plans, planning and the care of the SEN children is the best we can offer. I am now able to understand and complete play plans properly with the full understanding of why and how they work and what they are used for.
V.. and R.. spoke about play plans and spoke to us about how they work and why they are so important, knowing this information we are now able to ensure we are taking that extra care with the complete knowledge and completing the play plans to our full potential, V.. and R.. was very helpful when questions were asked and any questions or worries were answered perfectly and were very helpful to ensure everybody felt like they understood”.
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