Local authorities and providers must have regard to the SEND 0-25 Code of Practice (2014) and be able to demonstrate how they are implementing a graduated approach to support all children with special educational needs or a disability to fulfil their potential.
As part of the new early years funding formula, the government has introduced new measures to support children with SEND or disabilities, one of which is an early years inclusion fund.
All local authorities are required to establish a SEND inclusion fund for 3 and 4 year olds with SEND whose parents/carers are taking up the free entitlement to a pre school place. The purpose of the fund is to support local authorities to work with providers to address the needs of individual children.
The fund will also support local authorities to undertake their responsibility to strategically commission SEND services under the Children and Families Act 2014.
This guidance is to inform all Early Years providers on how to access support for a child in their care who may have SEND and may require Early Years SEND Support. These are children who do not have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)