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Special educational needs code of practice

It is the duty of the nursery to carry out our statutory duties to identify, assess and make provision for children’s special educational needs. The Code of Practice recommends that our nursery should adopt a graduated approach to assessment through Early Years Action and Early Years Action Plus. Good practice of working together with parents, and the observation and monitoring of children’s individual progress, will help identify any child with special educational needs. Our nursery has identified a member of staff as a SENCO who will work alongside parents to assess the child’s strengths and plan for future support. The SENCO will ensure that appropriate records are kept according to the Code of Practice/*Manual of Good Practice. Please read the document below for the Governments full SEND Code of Practice


Early Years Action

The child is identified with special educational needs. The SENCO, working alongside colleagues and parents, will assess and record the child’s needs and provide an Individual Education Plan (IEP) providing future support. This plan will be continually under review in consultation with the child and his/her parent(s).


Early Years Action Plus

Is characterised by the involvement of external support services, usually requested by the SENCO and colleagues in consultation with the child’s parents. If the help given through Early Years Action Plus is not sufficient to enable the child to progress satisfactorily, it may be necessary for the nursery, in consultation with the parents and any external agencies already involved, to request a statutory assessment towards a statement of special educational needs.

Please read the document below for a full guide on SEND in an early years setting.