Local Offer - Early Years Inclusion

Advice on where to get help and support with childcare and early education.

Support for children (0-4 years) with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Early Years Inclusion Team

The Early Years Inclusion team offer support to Early years settings (private, maintained nurseries, childminders and playgroups) All early years providers have a named Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENDCo) or inclusion coordinator. It is their responsibility to coordinate support for children with SEND in their setting and to liaise with other professionals to ensure that all the needs of your child are planned for in advance. They will talk to you about your child’s needs and how the provider can best support them. Early Years providers must have and implement a policy, and procedure, to promote equality of opportunity for children in their care.

The policy should cover:
• How the individual needs of all children identified with SEND will be met
• The name of the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (in group provision)
• Arrangements for Assess, Plan, Do Review (APDR);
• How inappropriate attitudes and practices will be challenged;
• How the provision will encourage children to value and respect difference

Early Years Inclusion Funding Guidance
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Funding Forms
2019 EIA or EIA Continuation request
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2019 EIA funding Agreement
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2019 Confirmation of continuation
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2019 Transition Plan
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Provision Map Template 2017/18
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2019 Parental consent form
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Early Years Inclusion Team
2019 Request for EYIT involvement
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2018 Reflective Inclusion Audit
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2019 Parental consent form
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SEN Person Centred Plan Revised
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Blank Personalised Learning Plan - Example in Early Years (November 2016)
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Dates of Early Years Request Panels
2018/19 Early Years Request information
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Extension of the Early Intervention Allowance into reception (FS2)
GUIDANCE NOTES for requesting enhanced funding
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Continuation of EIA into FS2 (Reception)
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Request for High Needs top up (enhanced SEN Support)
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General Development Assessment (GDA)

Request for a GDA - November 2017
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Portage Team

Portage is a home visiting, educational service for pre-school children with additional support needs and their families. Portage offers a framework of support with regular home visits, by a trained Portage Home Visitor. Parents share with the home visitor their understanding of their child’s individual abilities and support needs.
• Supports the development of play, communication, relationships and learning for young children within the family.
• Puts the emphasis on the positive; finding out and building on what each child can do.
• Makes learning fun for all the family.
• Encourages a child’s interests.
• Provides support and signposting.

Requests for Portage Service can only be made through submitting to the Early Years Request meeting.  Requests can be made by:

  • Paediatrician
  • Health Visitor
  • Speech, Physiotherapy or Occupational therapy
  • Social care
  • Specialist services such as Visual Impairment, Hearing Impairment and Early Skills group
Portage Request Criteria 2018 - 2019
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2019 Request for Portage involvement
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2019 Parental consent form
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Seedlings Group

The Early Years Inclusion and Portage Team run an OFSTED registered group for pre-school children who have a diagnosis of autism or who have been referred to a Paediatrician for General Developmental Assessment (GDA) or are on the waiting list for the Autism Spectrum Assessment Pathway.

Children can be referred to the Early Years Support Panel by Consultant and Community Paediatricians, Speech & Language Therapists and by members of the multi-disciplinary Autism Spectrum Assessment Pathway (ASAP) team. Where other colleagues wish to make a referral for a place at Seedlings they should seek supporting advice from a member of the ASAP team.

T: 01302 862103
E: earlysupportpanel@doncaster.gov.uk
2019 Request for Seedlings placement
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2019 Parental consent form
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Integrated Progress Check


Further support and information



Last updated: 16 May 2019 16:21:01