Special educational needs and disability in early years
What to do if you’re concerned about your child
The early years of a child’s life are a key time for development. It’s important that any special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) are found as early as possible.
Having a special educational need or disability could mean your child has:
- difficulties with communication
- difficulties with learning and understanding
- impaired sensory development
- behavioural difficulties
- difficulties relating to other people
- difficulties concentrating
- physical needs or impairments
If you’re concerned
It’s important to remember that children develop at different speeds and in different ways. You shouldn’t assume that because a child is developing more slowly than others that they have special educational needs or a disability.
However, if you’re concerned speak to:
- the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo), if your child goes to an early years setting, such as a Children’s Centre, childminder, nursery or play group
- your Doctor or health visitor
You can find information, help and support for children and young people with special educational needs or a disability, and their families, on Findability, our local offer site.
Funding for early years providers
SEN funding is available to early years providers to support children with special educational needs or a disability reach their full potential. You should talk to your provider and make sure they apply for it.