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Nurseries, pre-schools, school nurseries or childminders have the responsibility to support any children with special educational needs and disability (SEND) aged 0-5 within their setting.

Early years practitioners can follow and access an early years pathway and referral process, which can be seen in the 'Useful information' section below.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework requires all childcare providers who are registered with OFSTED to complete assessments and observations of the children in their care. If additional needs are identified, the provider must have a discussion with the child’s parent or carer and with their consent follow a graduated approach to meeting the child’s needs and signpost to other professionals as needed. If extra support is still required when all other strategies have been tested then providers can refer to the Local Authority's Information and Childcare Team (ICCT) for support plus. The criteria and referral process for support plus is also detailed in the 'Useful information' section below.

The ICCT coordinate a comprehensive training programme for the early years and childcare workforce. Part of this training programme offers subsidised accredited and CPD training courses on SEND. SENCO training and behaviour management are courses that are offered on a termly basis. Other SEND training is sourced following a training survey which identifies demand for specific training needs.

Contact details

Name: Andrea Riley

Telephone: 01925 442043

Email: ariley@warrington.gov.uk

Address: Warrington Borough Council, Buttermarket Street, Warrington, WA1 2NH


Safeguarding

Childcare fees 

Parent/carer and toddler groups

Childminders

Pre-schools and nurseries

Children's centres 

Support plus information and forms

Family Support Model information and forms 

SEND legislation and guidance  

Annual review documents  

Education, health & care (EHC plans) 

Complex case referrals

The portage service 

The CAF Team

CAF Team information and documents [opens in new window]

Early years development journal

Person shaped support  

SEND (Special educational needs and disabilities) information and guidance 

Online resources 

  • Focus on SEND training is a free course aiming to help teachers and educational practitioners working across the 0 – 25 years age range to develop high quality practice in order to better meet the needs of their learners with SEND. Click here for more information and to access free online training.
  • The SEND Gateway, an online portal offering education professionals free, easy access to high quality information, resources and training for meeting the needs of children with special educational needs and disabilities.