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Early Years SEND Partnership

nasen is proud to be part of the DfE-funded Early Years SEND Partnership Project led by the Council for Disabled Children (CDC). The other partners are I CAN, The Communication Trust, Contact, National Children’s Bureau (ncb) and Dingley’s Promise. nasen is currently working with Local Authorities from the nine regions across the country to develop their SEND provision at a strategic level through Regional Action Learning Sets and Specialist Action Learning Sets. The Local Authorities are: The London Borough of Newham, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Birmingham, Kirklees, Northumberland, Trafford and Northants.

Early Years SEND Partnership
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Each of the partners within the Early Years SEND Partnership also provide training for Early Years practitioners: nasen has trained over 170 Early Years SENCOs as SEND Reviewers this year and over 300 practitioners on our ‘Meeting the Needs of Every Child’ course. All training courses have been delivered as live webinars or recorded webcasts this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meeting the Needs of Every Child

This DfE funded online course is FREE to access and will provide Early Years Practitioners with a thorough understanding of inclusive practice for SEND in Early Years settings. The 90 minute webcast will cover the following topics:

  • Responsibilities of a PVI setting towards children with SEND
  • The role of the SENCO and the key person
  • What effective inclusive practice looks like in a PVI setting
  • How to use nasen's free face-to-face training materials. 

Throughout this webcast you will be invited to participate in a range of activities to support your learning. In order to access these activities please make sure you download the following supporting documents before the webcast and print or have available on your screen. 

Please see our upcoming early years events below.
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nasen are currently working with 8 Local Authorities from across the country at a strategic level, to support them to develop a whole setting approach to SEND. The work also includes training SENCOs and setting managers in these Local Authorities to become Early Years SEND Reviewers, using the SEND Review Guide to review SEND provision in their own and others’ settings.

The project, which runs from April 2021 until March 2022, is funded by the Department for Education (DfE).

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