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Early Years SEND Keyworker (0-3) - additional resources and information

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Some parents need a helping hand to find the right care for their child who may have complex disabilities.

Children aged between birth - 3 years who have complex disabilities, may be entitled to receive our support to arrange and coordinate services across health and education as well as to access their free entitlement to early learning.

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Meet the SEND Early Years Keyworker Team

Early Years Inclusion Team Leader 

Anita Smith

Anita has worked in the early years sector for over 32 years within a range of provisions; nanny, childminder, private voluntary and independent nurseries (PVI) and school-based settings working across all key stages.

Throughout Anita’s career her main experience and passion has been in supporting children with a range of special educational needs or disabilities (SEND).

She has worked within the Early Years Inclusion Team for the last 15 years, first in the role of Inclusion Worker, then as an Area SENCo and since July 2015 as the Team Leader.

In her present role she manages the team of Area SENCO’s and an Early Years SEND keyworker.

Anita also oversees the decision making for the SEN Inclusion Fund & Disability Access Fund (DAF).

Anita chairs the Early Years Co-ordination Team (EYCT), whose purpose is to ensure that pre-school children have equity of access to services across health and education as early as possible to ensure that their needs are identified prior to starting formal education.

Contact details

Email:  anita.smith@royalgreenwich.gov.uk         Mobile: 07908230569

She can also be contacted on either:

SEN Inclusion Fund email: early-years-inclusion-fund@royalgreenwich.gov.uk

SEND Early Years (0-3yrs) Keyworker: Early-Years-Keyworker@royalgreenwich.gov.uk


SEND Early Years (0-3yrs) Keyworker 


Emma Funnell

Emma’s career spans 27 years working within education, firstly as a nanny before moving to a specialist ASD school where she worked for 12 years in the nursery and reception class as a nursery nurse. She had a brief spell as a childminder when her own children were small before returning to work in an ASD DSP (Designated Special Provision) in Bromley with children ranging from 5 to 10 years.

Emma moved from there to join the ASD Outreach Services in Greenwich working with under 5’s with social communication difficulties and ASD in the four maintained nursery schools. After 7 years she decided to utilise her skills to further support families who have children with SEND.

In September 2019 Emma joined the Early Years Inclusion Team as a SEND keyworker where she continues to offer support to families of young children with SEND before they start an educational provision.

Contact details

Email: Emma.Funnell@royalgreenwich.gov.uk  Mobile: 07714073019

SEND Early Years (0-3yrs) Keyworker: Early-Years-Keyworker@royalgreenwich.gov.uk

Further information on the role of SEND Keyworker