About The Programme


The Early Years SEND Partnership brings together a significant amount of training, resources, support and an approach to sharing learning that was tried and tested in an earlier DfE-funded CDC project. We are working across all nine English regions

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 transition (in North West, North East, East and West Midlands and Yorkshire and the Humber) or the local offer;
  • Dingley's Promise are providing strategic support on transition in the four southern regions (South West and East, London and the East of England) and transition training in the five northern regions.

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 2021, and is grant-funded by the DfE through their VCS programme.

For more information please contact EYSend@ncb.org.uk or sign up for our mailing list 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. 

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.