Early Years Area SENCO Team

The Early Years Area SENCO Team (EYAST) offers support and advice for children with special educational needs and disabilities in Early Years settings. We work with parents, carers, staff, and other professionals in education, health and social care. We aim to support settings so that all children can access the Foundation Stage curriculum to their full potential and make progress from their starting point.

For further information on the Area SENCO Team support menu please send us an email:

Email EY Area SENCO Team

Triage Referral Process

The Triage process is now an essential function of the Area SENCO team and should be viewed as the first interaction between an Area SENCO and early years practitioners when seeking information, guidance and support in the pre-referral stage.

The triage process encompasses three phases with a timescale of two weeks per phase. This will ensure a timely triage is conducted for all children before they enter the Area SENCO Team for support. The initial triage contact is a telephone conversation and the process should take no longer than 30mins.

The process of Triage involves the application of an in-depth conversation to determine the degree of concern so that next steps can be agreed and actioned accordingly. It is for this reason that the triage process can be carried out by any member of the Area SENCO Team, not necessarily your settings link Area SENCO.

The Area SENCO team “Triage Line” is 020 7527 5529 from 9am until 12pm on Mondays, and from 1pm until 4pm on Fridays.

INSET Training

You can browse all available INSET training in the Early Years training channel.

Early Years Training

The Islington Challenging Behaviour Resource

Many children in early years settings display challenging behaviour and it can often feel like as a practitioner you have tried every technique in the book. The Islington Challenging Behaviour Resource provides a consistent and positive approach to behaviour management for people with severe and profound learning disabilities and/or Autism. The tools are designed to be interactive to help parents, carers and professionals develop effective behaviour plans. The Islington Challenging Behaviour Resource allows you to take a step by step approach in analysing and managing challenging behaviours.


Additional information

SEND code of practice: 0 to 25 years

Equality Act 2010: guidance