Early Years (0 to 4 year olds)
It is crucial that there is no delay in the early years in identifying the need for and making any necessary special educational provision. Delay can give rise to loss of self-esteem, frustration and subsequent learning and behaviour difficulties.
Early action is crucial to future progress and improved outcomes that help a child to prepare for adult life.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) (external link) is the statutory framework for children aged 0 to 5 years. All early years’ providers must follow the learning development, safeguarding and welfare requirements of the EYFS. These arrangements must include a clear approach to identifying and responding to SEND.
All providers of early years education (maintained, private, voluntary and independent sectors that a local authority funds) must have regard to the SEND Code of Practice (external link).