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SENCo Network

These termly network meetings will provide ongoing support and training for SENCOs in Day Nurseries, preschools and Childminders. The key themes for these interactive and informative sessions will be  sharing good practice, working together with other colleagues, helping you respond to changing needs and improving practice. The facilitators will ensure that the content of the meetings are reflective of local and national emerging themes, which means these meetings really are unmissable.

The target audience is SENCOs in Early Years settings including childminders. Content of the sessions is occasionally borough specific (regarding processes and funding arrangements) so please ensure that you are booking onto the correct network meeting. The role of a SENCO will vary depending on the setting, however each SENCO has a vital role in supporting a child to overcome any barriers to learning. Their role is to lead the coordination of provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. Providers must have arrangements in place to support children with SEN or disabilities. Maintained schools, maintained nursery schools and all providers who are funded by the local authority to deliver early education places must have regard to the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice Maintained schools and maintained nursery schools must identify a member of staff to act as Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) and other providers (in group provision) are expected to identify a SENCO. Childminders are encouraged to identify a person to act as a SENCO and childminders who are registered with a childminder agency or who are part of a network may wish to share the role between them - Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage

These network meetings will cover a range of topics relating to current issues around Special Educational Needs and Disability and support the SENCO in meeting their statutory requirements. Although the agenda will have standing items, specific content will of course vary depending on national and local initiatives and developments. Contents will include a programme of multi-professional input as appropriate. There will be practical activities providing delegates opportunities to develop their skills. The network will offer surgery support where delegates can discuss their individual concerns with members of the Early Years Advisory Service.

Dates for next sessions

Search 'Early Years SENCO Network' on Learning Portal to see upcoming dates.

Past session presentations

Please follow Early Years SENCO networks to find the most up to date presentations.