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The Early Years Special Educational Needs Helpline offers support on the Early Years SEN Service to parents, early years foundation stage (EYFS) practitioners, health visitors, paediatricians, teachers, children’s centre workers and speech and language therapists. 

The benefits of early identification (of SEN) are widely recognised – identifying need at the earliest point; and then making effective provision, improves long-term outcomes for children (Special Educational Needs Code of Practice 2014). Specialist teachers from the Early Years SEN service are available to provide specialist early years SEN knowledge and advice on a range of subjects including:  

  • learning objectives and teaching strategies
  • appropriate resources and effective environments
  • supporting families and signposting to other services
  • referrals for specialist intervention
  • funding possibilities
  • training opportunities

Contact EarlyYears.SENHelpline@derbyshire.gov.uk. Please provide brief details of your query, including the age of the child (in months). Include your contact telephone number so we can get back to you.

The EYSEN service was formerly known as the Support Service for Pre School Children with Special Educational Needs (SSPSCSEN) and now encompasses both the Derbyshire Portage Service and the Early Years Specialist Teaching Service.