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
Download (31KB - DOCX)

Funding Forms

FS1 Funding Guidance for children with SEND 0-4 years
Download (33KB - DOCX)
2022 Early Years request form
Download (78KB - DOCX)
FS1 EIA Funding Agreement
Download (25KB - DOCX)
2020 Transition Plan
Download (33KB - DOCX)
Provision Map Template 2017/18
Download (29KB - DOCX)

Personalised Learning Plans (PLP) Progress Descriptors

In light of the EYFS reforms, as an authority we are changing how we measure children's achievements. Where children have been awarded and are in receipt of Early Intervention Allowance (EIA), providers are required to measure the outcomes of the children’s Personalised Learning Plans. Please see the below descriptor for further information. If you have any queries please contact your Area SENCO.

PLP progress descriptors
Download (15KB - DOCX)
Learning outcomes
Download (15KB - XLSX)

Early Years Inclusion Team

2018 Reflective Inclusion Audit
Download (38KB - DOCX)
Blank Personalised Learning Plan - Example in Early Years 2021
Download (12KB - DOCX)
December 21 Person Centred SEN suport Plan
Download (212KB - DOCX)
FAQ transition SEND
Download (213KB - PDF)

Dates of Early Years Request Panels

18.05.22 REVISED FS1 Early Years Support Request Panel Information and Dates
Download (50KB - DOCX)

Extension of the Early Intervention Allowance into reception (FS2)

FS2 Funding Guidance for children with SEND, including Panel dates
Download (27KB - DOCX)
FS2 continuation of EIA into FS2 Reception - Autumn term
Download (53KB - DOCX)
Spring and Summer term (2021) continuation of EIA into FS2
Download (50KB - DOCX)

Inclusion Conversations

Inclusion Conversation Frequently Asked Questions
Download (315KB - PDF)
Inclusion Conversation Autumn 2021-2022
Download (51KB - XLSX)

Request EHC Assessment

Early Years request for an Education Health and Care Plan assessment
Download (94KB - DOCX)

Once completed, please send to sen@doncaster.gov.uk

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 from April 2022
Download (27KB - DOCX)
REVISED from April 2022 Request for Portage involvement
Download (34KB - DOCX)
2022 Parental consent form
Download (26KB - 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
Download (330KB - PDF)

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
Download (577KB - PDF)

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.
20 -21 request for Seedlings placement
Download (106KB - DOCX)
2020 Parental consent form
Download (30KB - DOCX)

Integrated Progress Check

Helpful Resources/Links for Early Years Providers

Disability Access Funding (DAF)
If you provide places for any 3- or 4-year-olds who receive disability living allowance (DLA), your setting is eligible to receive disability access funding, which is £615 per child per year. If so, speak to your local authority. Information for Disability Access Funding (DAF)

The Early Years Developmental Journal
The Early Years Developmental Journal is designed for families, practitioners and others to use as a way of recording, celebrating and supporting children’s progress.

This Journal is particularly useful if you know or suspect that your child or a child who you are helping is unlikely to progress in the same way or at the same rate as other children - whether or not a particular factor or learning difficulty has been identified and given a name. It is also for people who would like to find out more about children's development in the early years.

Early Years Developmental Journal
Download (1.97MB - PDF)
Generic Early Support Developmental Journal - Practitioners copy
Download (548KB - DOC)

Council for Disabled Children
Council for Disabled Children are the umbrella body for the disabled children's sector bringing together professionals, practitioners and policy-makers.

The Early Years SEN toolkit
This toolkit supports early years providers in implementing the SEN and disability reforms: SEN and disability in the early years toolkit

The Communication Trust
The Communication Trust is a coalition of over 50 not-for-profit organisations. Working together they support everyone who works with children and young people in England to support their speech, language and communication.

NASEN (National Association for Special Educational Needs) is a membership charity organisation that supports all education practitioners.

The Early Years SEND Partnership
The Early Years SEND Partnership brings together a significant amount of training, resources, support and an approach to sharing learning that was tried and tested in an earlier DfE-funded CDC project.

The Autism Education Trust (AET)
Autism Education Trust (AET) helps children and young people with autism to receive an education, enabling them to reach their potential.

Potty training children with additional needs can be done in much the same way as teaching a child without additional needs. Look at tips for potty training or the guides below for more information. Visit the ERIC website for more information. 

ERIC's Guide to Potty Training
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ERIC's Guide for Children with Additional Needs (Potty training)
Download (3.15MB - PDF)

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.

Questionnaires / Evaluation Forms

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 

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Last updated: 18 May 2022 12:45:52