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Information for parents

The Early Years Special Educational Needs Helpline offers information and advice about children between 0-5 years old who have, or may have, Special Educational Needs (SEN). It is for:

  • parents of young children,
  • Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) practitioners,
  • health visitors,
  • paediatricians,
  • teachers,
  • children's centre workers,
  • speech and language therapists,
  • any other professionals working with a young child with SEN.

The benefits of early identification (SEN) are widely recognise. Identifying need at the earliest point and then making effective provision is necessary. It improves long-term outcomes for children (Special Educational Needs Code of Practice 2015). The Early Years SEN Service (EYSEN) provides advice on 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 Please provide brief details of your query. Where applicable, please provide the child's age in months. Please do not give up the child's full name or date of birth. If necessary, you can use the child's initials to reference them. We can answer many queries sufficiently via email, however, if you feel you require a response via telephone, please specify this and provide your telephone number.