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Last updated: 9 December 2022

Next review: 9 December 2023

Support before starting at an Early Years setting

All children and families are able to access a range of inclusive activities, information and support as part of our Best Start in Life Offer as well as a range of support from local and national organisations.

In addition, all children with learning and developmental delay SEND will be offered targeted or specialist packages to support their learning and development before starting at an early years setting.

Children who are known to specialist children health services will be offered a package of support based on the child’s individual learning and development needs. This will include either: 

  • Home learning sessions:  An Early Years Inclusion Practitioner will visit a child’s and families home. They will work with parent and carers to create an individual plan they can do at home to support their child’s learning through practical play activities.
  • Inclusion learning groups: Families will be invited to attend fun, interactive sessions for their children led by Early Years Inclusion Practitioners. They will work with parents and carers to develop their child’s learning. It will also provide an opportunity for parent and carers to meet each other.

Once parents and carers decide it's time for their child to start at an early years setting, support will be offered to them to help them choose an early years setting and support their child’s transition.