About The Programme


The Early Years SEND Partnership brings together a significant amount of training, resources, support and an approach to sharing learning across five regions (North WestEast MidlandsNorth East, Yorkshire and Humber and West Midlands) that was tried and tested in an earlier DfE-funded CDC project. The programme is seeking to increase access and inclusion in the early years.

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; and CDC on specific aspects of the local offer. The learning from all this work will be shared through a series of regional meetings (action learning sets) led by CDC.   

This programme runs for 18 months, until March 2020, and is grant-funded by the DfE through their VCS programme.

You can find at overview of the programme here and an overview of the training available here

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. 

Find out more about support to regions through ALSs here

Training that is available through the programme

As well as support to local ALSs, each of the partners will be providing training to professionals and parents across the 5 regions.

  • nasen and I CAN are providing a combined introductory day on a whole setting approach to SEN and disability and the early identification of and response to SLCN. This training will be available to 8 or 9 settings managers in every local area across the five regions.
  • nasen is providing more detailed follow-up training for a smaller number of settings managers who want to specialise in a whole setting approach to SEN and disability. These managers will train on using a new review tool for use with early years settings.
  • I CAN is providing follow-up training, targeting settings managers who would like to develop a more detailed understanding of SLCN and how settings can respond.
  • The Communication Trust is providing in depth training for a small number of settings managers and other local representatives who want to contribute to the development of a local SLCN Pathway. This training will be available in a limited number of areas.
  • Contact will be providing training sessions for parents across the five regions. This will be followed by more targeted training for settings managers in a limited number of areas.

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.

Find out more about training available as part of the programme here

For more information please contact EYSend@ncb.org.uk