Advisory teachers supporting early years providers to develop effective inclusive practice and early identification of special educational needs for children aged 0 to 5. Early Years Area SENCOs have a high level of experience working with young children with special educational needs and their families.

Tailored advice and practical support is offered to Early Years providers about strategies to support young children with the highest level of special educational needs and facilitate their transition to compulsory schooling through the school entry planning process.

Through regular meetings with settings, visits to settings, training and termly workshops, we provide training and ongoing support to SENCOs and practitioners in Early Years settings. We support settings to meet their statutory duties within the SEND Code of Practice, including advice with Education Health and Care needs assessments and annual reviews.

Our team works closely with the specialist Early Years Educational Psychologists and other professional colleagues from within Education, Health and Social Care within the "Multi Agency Identification and Support in the Early Years" (MAISEY) process.

We work in partnership with parents/carers through our conversations with, and visits to, Early Years settings and attend multi-agency meetings for individual children.

Early Years Area SENCOs are part of the Early Years SEND Service.

Type of providerTargeted - This is for people with special educational needs and disabilities and their families
SEN specific informationReferrals to Early Years Area SENCOs are made by early years settings using an Early Help Assessment (EHA) including the child's SEN support plan. Please go toProfessional Choices for more information.
Age range0 to 5


Address Somerset Early Years Area SENCO and Maisey, B3 South, County Hall, Taunton TA1 4DY

Contact details

Telephone 01823 357000
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