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Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) in practice: A practical guide for all providers of early years education caring for children with SEND

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) in practice is an essential, easy-to-read guide for early years practitioners, teachers and managers who care for children with special educational needs and want to secure the best possible outcomes for children with SEND within the setting and in partnership with their families. It provides practitioners with an overview of the most updated legislation and policy on SEND, including a section on the impact of COVID-19 to practice, and guidance on where to find additional support.

The resource also explains the process for the Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment (EHCNA) and the Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) - including statutory timescales, in a way that is completely clear and accessible.

•              Ways to support children with specific conditions – and removing barriers to learning

•              How to implement SEN Support and the graduated approach

•              Managing transitions - particularly in light of Covid-19

•              Child protection and safeguarding children with SEND

•              What funding and benefits are available to support children in the setting and at home.

Photocopiable resources to support SEND practice are available in a separate section at the back of the book, together with useful website links to further training.

It is also an ideal textbook for students working towards an early years qualification.


A fantastic, up-to-the -minute hands-on resource  for all providers who want to build inclusive practice and provide the most successful provision for children with SEND.” -- Early Years Educator magazine.

 "Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) in Practice is a much needed aid for Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCOs), especially for those new to the role. It does exactly 'what it says on the tin' in being a practical guide for early years providers caring for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. I think it would also be a great resource for anyone carrying out their early years training as it gives clear information and references for further research."  -- Pam Marsden, Early Years Manager and SENCO.

 "This is a brilliant and comprehensive book for all practitioners working in Early Years who will come into contact with children who have special educational needs. It would also be very useful for parents who are keen to know what their child's Early Years provider can do, the book emphasises the important partnership between the setting and parents throughout every chapter. It is very practical with clear and easy to understand information set out in a logical way to enable support to be offered at the earliest signs that it might be needed with SEN Support described in detail and the procedure to follow if the child needs an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment with a view to obtaining a Plan. All the relevant legislation is outlined and explained with useful templates to use. Every area is thoroughly researched with many additional resources and references added, these are up to date including brief notes on the implications of Coronavirus. I would recommend that every setting considers buying a copy of this book to update their SEND resources, it will be an invaluable resource for SENCOs to read and share with their colleagues, including those studying for a qualification looking to widen their SEND knowledge." -- Celia Phipps, Independent early years consultant.

"This colourful guide to SEND has been written by an experienced early years teacher and writer, in collaboration with a parent of a child with Down Syndrome, who also works in international aid and development. The book is part of a popular series, with a familiar format, that includes many colour illustrations and activities. It is designed to support early years practitioners with relevant, clear and up to date information that is practical and easy to access. The authors stress that children with special educational needs are everybody’s responsibility, not just the SENCO’s and that early years providers must make sure that every child is fully included in all aspects of early years’ provision. Chapters include ‘Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment (EHCP)’, ‘Removing barriers to learning’, ‘Funding and benefits’, and ‘Resources and training’. The ‘Resources and training’ chapter contains useful forms and documentation templates. The book opens with a brief description of a range of special educational needs and provides the non-specialist with signs to look for and suggested actions, as well as links to further sources of information. With a user friendly format, this would be an informative resource for parents as well as a supportive text for those studying towards an early years qualification. This is an attractive and excellent resource." -- Mary Mountstephen review in SEn special educational needs magazine.

ISBN: 9781912611324