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
2020 Parental consent form
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Funding Forms
2020 Funding Information for children with SEND 0-4years
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2020 Early Years Request form
Download (44KB - DOCX)
2020 EIA funding Agreement
Download (24KB - DOCX)
2020 Transition Plan
Download (33KB - DOCX)
Provision Map Template 2017/18
Download (29KB - DOCX)
Early Years Inclusion Team
2018 Reflective Inclusion Audit
Download (38KB - DOCX)
SEN Person Centred Plan Revised
Download (145KB - DOC)
Blank Personalised Learning Plan - Example in Early Years (November 2016)
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Dates of Early Years Request Panels
2020 Early Years Support Request information
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Extension of the Early Intervention Allowance into reception (FS2)
20/21 Early Years Inclusion Funding Guidance
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Continuation of EIA into FS2 (Reception)
Download (53KB - DOCX)
Spring and Summer term (2021) continuation of EIA into FS2
Download (50KB - DOCX)

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 2019 - 2020
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2019 Request for Portage involvement
Download (52KB - DOCX)
2019 Parental consent form
Download (30KB - DOCX)

The Portage Workshop

The Portage Workshop is an accredited course by the National Portage Association (NPA). This training course is delivered by a NPA Accredited Trainer from Doncaster Portage team and offers an introduction to the Portage approach to working with children with SEND and their families. The workshop is suitable for early years practitioners, therapists and Portage parents.

Please see the flyer below for more information.

Portage Workshop
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Portage Opportunity Group (POG)

The aim of POG is for children, parents and carers to meet in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere in which they are able to play and learn together. The Portage Opportunity Group is only accessible to children and parents/carers receiving active Portage Home Visits. 

Please see the flyer below for more information. 

Portage Opportunity Group (POG) Flyer 2020
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National Portage Association

Seedlings Nursery

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
A: Maple Medical Pupil Referral Unit, Cedar Road, Doncaster, DN4 9HT

2020 Request for Seedlings placement
Download (1.01MB - DOCX)
2020 Parental consent form
Download (30KB - DOCX)

Integrated Progress Check

NASEN Mini Guide - Identifying and Supporting Children with SEND in the Early Years: Childminders

Please see link below for a really useful mini guide from NASEN about Identifying and Supporting children with SEND in a childminder setting, a helpful document giving a brief overview of your obligations as outlined in the SEND Code of Practice 2015.

Identifying and Supporting Children with SEND in the Early Years: Childminders 

If this is an area you feel you need further support with you can access the ‘Role of Senco for Childminders’ training through Buy Doncaster which is delivered in an evening by the Early Years Inclusion Team. As always if you need any advice/support for a child with SEND in your setting, please do not hesitate to contact the Early Years Inclusion Team on 01302 862104.

Early Years Inclusion Team Questionnaire for Providers

The Early Years Inclusion Team have created a questionnaire for providers.
Please take a moment to complete the questionnaire on the link below.

Questionnaire for Providers
Early Years Inclusion Team - Parent/Carer Evaluation Form

To enable the Early Years Inclusion Team to evaluate their service, it would be helpful if you would complete the questionnaire on the link below. 

Questionnaire for Parents/Carers 

Further support and information



Last updated: 12 June 2020 10:23:25