All early years providers must have arrangements in place to support children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND). All maintained nursery schools and other settings that are funded by Islington to deliver early education places must have regard to the Special Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice 0-25 (2015). All nursery schools and other early years settings should have a delegated Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) who will work with nursery staff and other outside specialists to put in place appropriate SEN provision.

You can download the following documents from 'Attachments' below:

  • SEND Support in Islington - Early Years and Primary (Issue 1)

This handbook is written for schools and settings to help them to identify a child or young person’s special educational needs, the level of support they are expected to offer and how to arrange and monitor the support given. It also sets out expectations of what they must offer for the funding they receive. It is intended to help all schools and settings have the same approach, wherever they are in Islington. It is also an assurance to parents that their child will be given as much support as any other child with a similar need in any school or setting in Islington. It will also help parents to understand what a school is basing decisions on and help them ask informed questions.

  • SEND - Advice, Guidance and Expectations (Issue 2)

This booklet was originally put together to help explain the proposed changes, the local context in which they would be introduced, roles and responsibilities, and offer guidance and signposting to further, more detailed information. It also set out what the Local Authority expected from schools in terms of good practice, as required by the new law. We tried to cover most of the basic information we thought most people would need. We have now updated this guidance so that it remains relevant for parents, schools and partners. This booklet is designed so that you can dip in and out of the relevant sections at the relevant time; but we hope you will find the time to read it all, as it also tells a story.

  • SEND Support in the Early Years

The SEND Code of Practice 0-25 promotes the use of the ‘assess, plan, do, review cycle’. This cycle can be used to meet the needs of children with SEND and improve practice/provision at many levels.

"Where a setting makes special educational provision for a child with SEN they should inform the parents and a maintained nursery school must inform the parents. All settings should adopt a graduated approach with four stages of action: assess, plan, do and review." 5.38 SEND Code of Practice 0-25  (2015)