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Information for parents

The Early Years Special Educational Needs Service (EYSENS) works with children who have complex and long-term needs, both with birth diagnosis and emerging developmental concerns. This work forms part of the graduated response to each child's needs. The support provided is within the specialist level of the graduated response and requires that the child has had interventions at a targeted level prior to accessing this support. For funded children in settings, this includes previous application for Early Years Inclusion Funding (EYIF) to support the child through progressive cycles of the 'assess, plan, do, review' approach. For children at home this should include an Early Help Assessment.

The Early Years Special Educational Needs Support Service (EYSENS) is comprised of:

The Derbyshire Portage Service

Portage home visitors work with children 0 to 5-years-old before they attend early years settings or move into specialist provision.

Specialist teachers

Specialist teachers support children in non-maintained early years settings in Derbyshire, carrying out assessments, setting long-term learning outcomes and supporting the setting to work with the child towards them using short term targets through cycles of assess, plan, do and review at a specialist level of the graduated response. Specialist teachers work directly with the child and also with setting staff, giving advice and providing training.

Help via email

We welcome enquiries from any professional or parents. Support includes signposting to services and guidance on inclusive practice for children with SEND. Email:

Referrals to the service are made via the Early Years SEN Panel. Support services welcome referrals from professionals or parents.


The EYSEN Service is available for training to support settings, parents and children with SEND. Training can be accessed via Eventbrite.

Schools can also access training information and courses via the training section of the S4S website.

Early years providers can find training courses for staff or volunteers working with children and young people. Or contact any member of the EYSEN team to discuss bespoke training.

To refer to the EYSEN Specialist Teaching Service or Derbyshire Portage Service, please use the Early Years SEN Support Service Referral form in the Related documents section of this page.

Contact information

Rebecca Jones - Head of Service
Telephone: 01629 537695

Early Years SEN offices

Godkin House, Ripley - telephone: 01629 533340
Kents Bank Road, Buxton - telephone: 01629 533487
School Road Support Centre - telephone: 01629 537692

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