The Early Years SEND Partnership is a national programme supporting professionals and parents with training, resources and an approach to sharing learning, with the aim to increase access and inclusion in early years for children with SEN and Disabilities.
The partners each bring specific expertise to the project, and will be working on different aspects of early years, SEN and disability:
- nasen on a whole setting approach to SEN and disability;
- I CAN on early identification and an early response to speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) in young children;
- The Communication Trust on the development of a local SLCN pathway;
- Contact on working with parents in the early years;
- The Council for Disabled Children on Ordinarily Available Provision, the Equality Act and Transitions;
- Dingley's Promise are providing strategic support on transition.
- The Early Childhood Unit (ECU) exists to improve the quality of life of young children. We achieve this through working with early education and childcare providers, national networks, and by seeking to influence and inform policy & practice in the early years.
The learning from all this work will be shared through a series of regional meetings (action learning sets) led by CDC.
This programme runs until March 2022, and is grant-funded by the DfE through their VCS programme.
Regional, strategic support through Action Learning Sets
CDC is seeking to involve a range of local representatives in regional Action Learning Sets (ALSs). These events will support local areas review and develop local plans, using a self-review tool developed by CDC. We then expect representatives to come together inbetween regional ALSs to review progress in their local area in what we are calling a local Action Learning Set. There will be some specialist support to select local ALSs.
Other training and support that is available through the programme
As well as support to local ALSs, each of the partners will be providing training and support to professionals and parents across the 9 regions. Our training page will be updated regularly.
Where training and support is only available in a limited number of areas, partners will take into account local needs and the priority given by the area to addressing a particular aspect of local provision.