Graduated Approach for children with SEND

A child has a special educational need if they are likely to have a learning difficulty or disability that calls for special educational provision when they reach compulsory school age. Special educational provision means educational provision of any kind.

Wigan Early Years Graduated Approach below is a child centred approach to supporting children with SEND, involving parents and carers through each of the stages. The stages describe the Universal, Focused, Specific and Intensive approach early years providers are to follow.

The following documents are to support you as part of the Graduated Approach.

Early Years SENCO Award

LEyEP are offering an accredited training opportunity to our Private and Voluntary sector. This training has been very successful and has shown an increase in the numbers of SENCO’s actively supporting practitioners within their settings to meet the needs of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

The training offers theoretical and practical support focusing on the importance of SENCO’s being capable and confident to effectively support the children and their families.

SENCO’s will gain an ‘Early Years SENCO Award’ accredited by CACHE, as well as 5 credits towards a level 4 CACHE qualification.

It will be delivered over 12 full day sessions

Practitioners need to have a Level 3 qualification and currently be working as a SENCO or Deputy SENCO.

We also offer the training to schools without the accreditation, over 6 sessions. The training is aimed at  SENCO, deputy SENCO’s or SENCO assistants.

If you would like more information, please contact the LEYEP Team.


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