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The Early Years Special Educational Needs Support Service (EYSENS) works with children who have complex and longterm needs, both with birth diagnosis and emerging developmental concerns.

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, 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 EYSENS 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.

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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