The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) guidance and non-statutory guidance is very clear on the importance of Early Intervention.
- Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured;
- Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early year's provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.
Overarching Principles page 6 Statutory Framework for the EYFS 2014
Progress check at two
This progress check must identify the child's strengths, and any areas where the child's progress is less than expected. If there are significant emerging concerns, or an identified special educational need or disability, practitioners should develop a targeted plan to support the child's future learning and development involving parents and/or carers and other professionals (for example, the provider's Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator or health professionals) as appropriate. 2.3 Section 2 Statutory Framework for the EYFS 2014page 13
Special Educational Needs
Providers must have arrangements in place to support children with SEN or disabilities. Maintained nursery schools and other providers who are funded by the local authority to deliver early education places must have regard to the Special Educational Needs (SEND) Code of Practice32. Maintained nursery schools must identify a member of staff to act as Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator33 and other providers (in group provision) are expected to identify a SENCO. 3.67 Section 3 Statutory Framework for the EYFS 2014 page 29
Providers must have arrangements in place to support children with SEN or disabilities. These arrangements should include a clear approach to identifying and responding to SEN. The benefits of early identification are widely recognised - identifying need at the earliest point, and then making effective provision, improves long-term outcomes for children. 5.4 Section 5 Early Years Providers. SENDCOP 0-25 years Jan 2015
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