Support Strategies for Children with SEND

Here Early Years Practitioners will find a variety of tools and guidance to support children with SEND.

SEND in the Early Years: A Toolkit

The Council for Disabled Children and 4 children developed a toolkit for SEND in the Early Years. Each section provides a briefing on a particular aspect of the SEN and disability reforms as they apply to early years providers. This toolkit can be accessed here and continues to be a useful document, although it should be noted that the statutory guidance cited is now out of date and the toolkit should be read alongside the current guidance.

There are so many terms used with children with SEND - ADHD, Acquired Brain Injury, Autism, Down’s Syndrome, Dyscalculia, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Hearing Impairment, Physical Disability, Social, Emotional and Mental Health, Speech, Language and Communication Needs and Visual Impairment - but what do they all mean?

NASEN have created a suite of SEND Guidance Videos in collaboration with Centre for Education and Youth (CfEY) and many other experts within the sector.   

The videos aim to develop a newly qualified teachers’ knowledge of SEND and to introduce them to helpful resources and tips for the classroom.  However, the strategies shared in the videos can also be used in Early Years Settings. 

For more information, please view the Condition Specific Videos and a summary of all the terms in the SEND Gateway Videos can be found here.