Under the SEND Code of Practice (0–25), early years settings have increased obligations for supporting the needs of pupils with SEN.

The stages of development differ greatly among young children; the line between poor behaviour, developmental delay and SEN is a fine one.

The SEND Code of Practice highlights the importance of keeping parents and their children central to our thinking and decision making.

Early identification of a child’s needs increases the effectiveness of interventions and ensures the involvement of appropriate professionals beyond the setting.

These practical training materials can help you provide support for young children with SEN.

Aims and outcomes

Participants will learn how to:

  • recognise when a child has a difficulty with learning
  • clarify the difference between developmental delay and SEN
  • gather evidence about a child’s current learning
  • clarify how to share and solve problems.

Course content

  • Unit 1: Early identification of need