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The Derbyshire Early Years Special Educational Needs Panel is a multi-agency group that considers placements and services for Derbyshire children aged 0 to 5 years old with complex special educational needs.

The Early Years SEN Panel aims to: 

  • support the early identification of SEN and disabilities
  • ensure that children’s needs are identified and assessed quickly, and matched by appropriate provision
  • monitor children’s progress at regular intervals to ensure that provision continues to be appropriate to the child’s identified need
  • coordinate provision through the development of close partnerships between parents, us, health and the private and voluntary sector
  • promote inclusion in mainstream early years settings wherever possible, and in line with parental wishes

The Early Years SEN Panel consists of representatives from the following agencies:

  • Early Years Special Educational Needs Service
  • Derbyshire Portage Service
  • Physical Impairment team
  • Visual Impairment team
  • Hearing Impaired team
  • Educational Psychology Service (EPS)
  • Nursery school representative
  • Specialist Service for Special Educational Needs (SSSEN)

Early Years SEN Panel decisions include referrals to:

  • Early Years SEN Service (in line with the 2015 Code of Practice, referrals to the EYSEN Specialist Teaching Service must contain evidence of the graduated response. A referral to the EYSEN service will be declined if there is not evidence of the assess, plan, do model required before referral to specialist services. Because of the nature of other support service interventions, they may not require this information)
  • Derbyshire Portage Service
  • Physical Impairment team
  • Hearing Impairment team
  • Educational Psychology Service
  • Visual Impairment team
  • Infant Mental Health Project
  • Specialist Service for Special Educational Needs (SSSEN) for children in maintained nurseries only (in line with the 2015 Code of Practice, referrals to the SSSEN specialist teaching service must contain evidence of the graduated response. A referral to the Specialist Service for SEN will be declined if there is not evidence of the assess, plan, do model required before referral to specialist services. Because of the nature of other support service interventions, they may not require this information)

Criteria for each of these services can be found on their Derbyshire County Council webpage or their Local Offer page.

For NHS colleagues: please note the referral form provides a process for the following:

  • Notification to the local authority of a child 0-5yrs with SEND: section 1 is to be used for the sole purpose of the NHS fulfilling its legal obligation to notify the local authority of a child 0-5yrs with SEND. This notification will result in the child’s details being added to the council’s children's services database.
  • Referral to early years SEN support services: sections 1 and 2 of the form should be completed if NHS colleagues wish then to make a referral to a specialist service within Early Years SEND. This will also be considered a notification to the LA.

Please also note referrals to the EYSEN Service or Specialist Service for SEN require a report from the early years setting the child attends. This report must clearly identify the interventions that the setting has already made through the graduated response and not just be a description of the child's developmental levels. In the 2015 SEND Code of Practice, specialist support services are clearly identified at the specialist level of support and not universal or targeted. As such, any referrals to the EYSEN service or Specialist Service for SEN that do not show evidence of intervention through the assess, plan, do, review model will be declined.

More information about Derbyshire Portage Service

Applications for assessment places in specialist nurseries

These referrals can only be made by employees of  Derbyshire County Council Children’s Services. Two or more professionals must be involved with the child.

Applications for early intervention support for children in receipt of nursery entitlement is through the Early Years SEN Inclusion Fund. More information regarding this fund can be found on the Early Years SEN Inclusion Fund page (insert link)

If the information submitted to the panel by the referrer is insufficient, it's not always possible to decide immediately. Where necessary, additional information is sought from the referrer and, if parental consent has been obtained, from other agencies.

Contacts

Co-ordinator of the Early Years Panel: Rebecca Jones, Head of EYSEN
Email: rebecca.jones2@derbyshire.gov.uk

For queries about the Early Years Panel, please email: earlyyears.senhelpline@derbyshire.gov.uk

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