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Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) in practice: A practical guide for all providers of early years education caring for children with SEND

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) in practice is an essential, easy-to-read guide for early years practitioners, teachers and managers who care for children with special educational needs and want to secure the best possible outcomes for children with SEND within the setting and in partnership with their families.

It provides practitioners with an overview of the most updated legislation and policy on SEND, including a section on the impact of COVID-19 to practice, and guidance on where to find additional support.

The resource also explains the process for the Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment (EHCNA) and the Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) - including statutory timescales, in a way that is completely clear and accessible.

The book covers:

•              Ways to support children with specific conditions – and removing barriers to learning

•              How to implement SEN Support and the graduated approach

•              Managing transitions - particularly in light of Covid-19

•              Child protection and safeguarding children with SEND

•              What funding and benefits are available to support children in the setting and at home.

Photocopiable resources to support SEND practice are available in a separate section at the back of the book, together with useful website links to further training.

Whatever the setting, this book provides an in-depth, practical knowledge of SEND in the early years and it is also a useful reference guide for parents and carers.

It is also an ideal textbook for students working towards an early years qualification.


About the authors

Claire Hewson is an experienced early years teacher and education writer. She is a contributor to Early Years Educator (EYE) magazine. She has also written education materials for the Roald

Dahl Society and Teachit Primary. Claire is based in Cambridge.

Claudia Holmes has a degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from Jorge Tadeo
Lozano University in Bogotá. Her professional background is in international aid and development
cooperations. She lives in the UK and has a daughter, Sophie, who has Down Syndrome.



A fantastic, up-to-the -minute hands-on resource  for all providers who want to build inclusive practice and provide the most successful provision for children with SEND.” -- Early Years Educator magazine.

 "Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) in Practice is a much needed aid for Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCOs), especially for those new to the role. It does exactly 'what it says on the tin' in being a practical guide for early years providers caring for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. I think it would also be a great resource for anyone carrying out their early years training as it gives clear information and references for further research."  -- Pam Marsden, Early Years Manager and SENCO.

 "This is a brilliant and comprehensive book for all practitioners working in Early Years who will come into contact with children who have special educational needs. It would also be very useful for parents who are keen to know what their child's Early Years provider can do, the book emphasises the important partnership between the setting and parents throughout every chapter. It is very practical with clear and easy to understand information set out in a logical way to enable support to be offered at the earliest signs that it might be needed with SEN Support described in detail and the procedure to follow if the child needs an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment with a view to obtaining a Plan. All the relevant legislation is outlined and explained with useful templates to use. Every area is thoroughly researched with many additional resources and references added, these are up to date including brief notes on the implications of Coronavirus. I would recommend that every setting considers buying a copy of this book to update their SEND resources, it will be an invaluable resource for SENCOs to read and share with their colleagues, including those studying for a qualification looking to widen their SEND knowledge." -- Celia Phipps, Independent early years consultant.


ISBN: 9781912611324