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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in the Early Years

If your child is under 5, there are a number of ways to get support.

SEND Specialist Advice and Support

A part of the the Integrated Services for Learning (ISL) team, the teacher led teams of Specialist Advice and Support (SAS) work with children and young people with a range of complex needs in schools, settings and at home.  This includes children in the early years, with autism and other communication difficulties, sensory and physical impairments and also those who require educational support for medical absence.

Each ISL area has a lead who directly manages two lead practitioners with responsibility for local delivery of services for childn and young people aged 0-25 and 5 -25.


Choosing the right childcare can be a difficult decision for every parent, particularly if your child has a special educational need or disability (SEND). We have childcare providers who are committed to helping children with SEND.

How we expect early education providers to support children with SEND - our Quality SEND Offer

The Family and Childcare Trust give guidance for families who have children with SEND to get childcare that meets their needs.

Children's centres

Our children's centres offer a fully inclusive service for all families with children under 5.

Find a children's centre


Take a look at children's centre feedback (2016).