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Early Years Service

The Early Years Service supports pre-school aged children who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

This may include:

  • children with complex needs that create a barrier to learning and inclusion
  • those who have English as an additional language

Who we help

We support children with one or more of the following:

  • Severe or profound learning difficulties.
  • Diagnosed or suspected developmental needs.
  • Significant physical delay or disability.
  • Autism or social communication difficulties.
  • Syndromes and associated neurological conditions.
  • Severe speech, language and communication difficulties, due to one of the above.
  • Behavioural difficulties, due to one of the above.

What we offer

We provide the following as part of our intervention:

  • Assessment and individual planning for a child’s learning.
  • Collaborative working with providers, health, parents and carers.
  • Transition support and guidance for children with SEND when entering pre-school or school.

We also offer bespoke training for providers, including:

  • Makaton
  • Downs Syndrome
  • Using visuals and developing a visual environment
  • Behaviour and therapeutic thinking
  • Attention development
  • Autism
  • English as an additional language
  • Early interaction
  • Sensory circuits for pre-school settings

Refer to the Early Years Service

We hold a regular meeting to consider referrals.

We may not accept a referral if:

  • there is insufficient information
  • the information provided suggests the child's needs can be met without the need for specialist support

Early years settings

Refer children via the Education Front Door.

Health professionals, parents and carers

Use the Early Years Service referral form [141.7 KB] [docx]

Contact for queries

Email: eys@eastsussex.gov.uk

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