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Early Years SEND - Information


To fulfil their role in identifying and planning for the needs of children with SEN, the Royal Borough of Greenwich has ensured that there is sufficient expertise and experience amongst local early years settings to support children with SEN by making use of Area SENCOs to provide advice, guidance and training to early years providers on the development of inclusive early learning environments.

The Area SENCO helps make the links between education, health and social care to facilitate appropriate early provision for children with SEN and their transition to compulsory schooling.

Area SENCo’s from the Early Years Inclusion Team have compiled a range of information in the drop downs below to provide support with:

  • Early Identification and Referrals

  • Work with parents and setting staff to try and understand the child’s views, thoughts and feelings (including Team Around the Child and Transitions).

  • Access and Inclusion Resources (including a range of ‘Easy Reads’ and appropriate SEND funding)


'WORD' templates can be found under 'downloads'

Meet the Early Years Inclusion Team members

Greenwich has private, voluntary, independent (PVI) early years education settings split into five areas, each of which has an allocated Area SENCo.

  1. East - Thamesmead
  2. Central A - Abbey Wood/ Plumstead
  3. Central B - Woolwich/ Charlton
  4. South - Eltham/ New Eltham/ Kidbrooke
  5. West – Blackhealth/ Greenwich

The Early Years Inclusion Team comprises of professionals from a range of backgrounds. All have SEND qualifications, training and experience, and DBS checks are completed regularly in line with Authority guidelines.

The team also have access to advice from other professionals such as qualified specialist teachers, Education Psychologists, Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists.

See below for further details including contact numbers and emails

Early Years Inclusion Team Leader