Early years SENCOs

SENCOs must ensure the setting:

The SEND Early Years Service can offer support to settings that work with children aged 0 to 5 years with additional needs.

SENCO training

There is free, online SENCO training on the East Sussex Learning Pool.

Training resources and information are also available at NASEN.  

The Council for Disabled Children website has advice for SENCOs. This includes the SEND Toolkit.

Inclusion support groups

These are groups to support early years SENCOs and early years education entitlement (EYEE) registered childminders. They meet online three times a year.

They offer:

  • a multi-agency approach to support, advice and guidance
  • a chance to discuss common areas of interest
  • networking between  EYFS practitioners
  • professional development support
  • a forum to share and develop best practice

There is no charge to attend an inclusion support group.

Find inclusion support groups information and booking on the Learning Portal.  

For further information, email: childcare.support@eastsussex.gov.uk

Resources for early years SENCOs

Setting-based support plan [132.4 KB] [docx]

Early years inclusion audit [524.2 KB] [docx]

Inclusion audit parent questionnaire [32.3 KB] [docx]

Guidance on meeting children's emotional needs in the early years (0-5 years) [1.2 MB] [docx]

SEN and disability in the early years: a toolkit | Council for Disabled Children

Children's Integrated Therapy and Equipment Service (CITES)

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