Under the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Code of Practice (2015) and Equality Act (2010), Early Years providers should identify individual children’s needs to help them learn and support them to progress well.
The majority of children with special educational needs and/or a disability (SEND) will not require specialist resources or additional staffing to be successfully included in a setting; most settings meet the additional needs of children very well. However, some children with ‘emerging or lower level’ SEND may benefit from some additional funding to further support their identified needs for a period of time.
Those children with more complex SEND will receive support from the High Needs Block (HNB) funding; it is not a requirement for early year’s children to have or be in the process of having an EHCP to access the HNB funding.
Under the Early Education and Childcare Statutory Guidance we have established an Early Years Inclusion Fund (EYIF) to support three and four year olds. The purpose of the fund is to:
further assist providers to implement strategies to support children’s learning and development
National Funding guidance also states that we should target the fund at children with “emerging or lower level SEN” and can use a similar approach for two-year olds. In Dudley borough any child accessing the targeted two year old entitlement known as “Time for Two’s” will have access to EYIF if deemed appropriate.
It is important that providers ensure before any child with a physical impairment or a medical condition is admitted to their setting, they inform the parent of the process to be followed including any documentation or information the parent will need to provide about the child's needs. Please find a flowchart below that will support settings to get this process right and ensure that the setting cares for the child safely.