SEND Private, Voluntary and Independent Early Years Settings
This page is to provide Private, Voluntary and Independent Early Years Settings with key documents and resources to support working with children with special needs or disabilities.
Useful documents from the Department for Education
Useful information from the Local Authority
The Handbook offers more detail on the services available from the three teams within STePS. Information included in the Handbook includes services available from the Early Intervention Team, Educational Psychology Service and Specialist Support Teaching Service, how to refer to the Service, Referral forms and names and contact details of STePS staff.
Primary School Admissions is responsible for coordinating all applications from parents for school places in Derby City Council catchment area.
- Vulnerable Learner's Service (VLS) - The Vulnerable Learners’ Service can be contacted to discuss the Statutory Assessment Process, Panel decisions, or any cases where children have Education, Health and Care Plans or Statements of Special Educational Needs.
- Families Information Service
The Families Information Service provides free, impartial and confidential information. Families Information Service can help you with finding information about childcare.
- Early Help Assessment - The Early Help Assessment (EHA) is our local assessment that is used by all agencies working with children and their families in Derby to agree what extra help may be needed to support a child or young person at an early stage.
- Special Educational Needs - Local Offer - Helps you find services and information for 0 - 25 year olds with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
- STePS Training - Advisory Teachers, Specialist Support Workers and Educational Psychologists offer training to school staff and private, voluntary and independent early years settings on a range of topics to support children and young people with special educational needs.
- Disability Access Fund - For information about a fund for children in receipt of Disability Living Allowance. Disability Access Fund (one off annual payment for 3 and 4 year old children who are accessing their FEEE place and are in receipt of DLA).
Talk to your baby leaflets
Education, Health and Care Needs Assessments
Training and Information
- Early Years SEND resources from NASEN - NASEN’s new online early years training package, which includes webcasts, miniguides and materials to support you in delivering face-to-face training, and the Focus On SEND CPD course
- Making Play inclusive toolkits which contain simple ideas, suggestions and practical tips on making play fully accessible – and are accompanied by ten videos.
- The Autism Education Trust - has an Early Years Autism competency framework which sets out the skills, knowledge and understanding that staff require to work effectively with children with autism.
- Early Years Toolkit from the Council for Disabled Children - each section of the toolkit provides a briefing on a particular aspect of the SEN and disability reforms as they apply to early years providers.
- NDNA has some free SEND courses
- Play Talks from Scope - Fun ways to aid communication from SCOPE