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The Early Years Advisory Teachers (EYATs)/Area SENDCo's are able to offer support to settings to ensure their SEND provision is effective. The team have a wealth of experience and are able to offer ideas and strategies to set targets and differentiate the curriculum to meet the child’s needs.

Through the referral system they are able to complete visits to the setting to observe children and liaise with staff, as well as other agencies involved. They also hold SEND Surgeries where children with SEND can be discussed and advice and recommendations given. The EYAT’s can advise settings when apply for EYSS funding, requesting Integrated Assessments for EHCP’s and signpost to additional resources and agencies.

The team also offer a wide range of training, including Developing the Role of Individual SEND Support, The Role of the Early Years SENDCo, Attention Autism and Attachment Aware Approaches. There are termly INCo meetings that offer training and sharing opportunities. EYAT's can provide bespoke training for schools and settings as requested.

Transition 2022

Disability Access Fund - DAF

Please note that the Disability Access Funding (DAF) can only be paid from the term after a child is 3 and therefore eligible for the universal offer.  (Inclusion Support Funding (ISF) can be applied for once a child is 3.)

Disability Access Fund Agreement Form (DAF) - April 2018 (PDF 277KB)

Disability Access Fund Agreement Form (DAF) - April 2018 (DOCX 51KB)

DAF guidance for uploading claims to provider portal (PDF 232KB)

EYAT/Area SENDCo Referral

Early Years SEND Support - EYSS

Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans

If you are an Early Years Provider please ensure you use the EHCP forms below.  We regret that referrals can no longer be accepted on any previous forms.

SCC EHC Needs Assessment application form EARLY YEARS 2021 (DOCX 336KB)

Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans - General Information

Disability Living Allowance - DLA

Guidance and resources for parents/carers Claiming Disability Living Allowance for Children

Claiming DLA for Children (PDF 632 KB)

Love DLA (PDF 126 KB)

Help in the Early Years (PDF 154 KB)

A Guide to DLA

Myths about DLA

Inclusion Support Fund - ISF

Inclusion Support Funding (ISF) can be applied for once a child is 3.

Inclusion Support Fund:  This fund is specifically to support the inclusion of 3 and 4 year-olds who are funded through Nursery Education Funding. 
It’s for day nurseries, childminders, pre-schools, extended day pre-schools and out of school clubs who are Ofsted registered and who take Nursery Education Funding.
Through planning and organisation most children with additional needs will be able to fully join in with the activities you offer, as all providers are expected to plan for inclusion and make “reasonable adjustments” to accommodate the needs of the children. However, there may be times and circumstances when extra funding is needed. This funding does not replace EYSS or EHCP funding, and is not to offer 1:1 support. Inclusion Support Funding (ISF) can be applied for once a child is 3.  Please see the information sheet and application form for more details. 

Inclusion Support Fund

Inclusion Support Fund Information - May 2022 (PDF 130 KB)

Inclusion Support Fund Application - May 2022 (DOCX 51KB)

Inclusion Support Fund Application – Evaluation May 2022 (DOCX 15KB)


The Early Years Panel

Early Years Profile of Need

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