Early Years Inclusion


Early years providers must have arrangements in place to support children with SEND. All providers including maintained schools, maintained nursery schools and the Private, Voluntary and Independent sector must have regard to the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice.

Slough Early Years Service offers:

  • Providers support for their duties relating to inclusion, from an Early Years SENCO/SEND advisor. Please contact earlyyears@slough.gov.uk to request support, and
  • Termly EY SEND meetings providing information sharing, briefings and networking opportunities for SENDCOs.

The team manages a small fund (SEN EY Inclusion) to support individual children’s emerging SEND needs. Providers should request support and guidance from the Early Years Area SENDCO/SEND advisor to determine whether an application for a grant from this fund is an appropriate response to the child’s situation and needs. Please find attached documents below for access to the application form and guidance documents.

Applications for funding to support the gathering of evidence in preparation for an Education Health Care Plan are made to the SEND Service. The Early Years Area SENDCO/SEND advisor can advise on this process for Early Years Providers.

How is this service funded

LA advisor support and the EY SEND inclusion fund are funded from the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) centrally retained.

Who is this service for

Slough Early Years service provides early years providers in Slough with advice, guidance and training on all aspects of inclusion and SEND services.