Bristol is committed to ensuring that special educational needs provision for children in the early years is jointly planned and delivered and that children and families are able to access equitable services and provision across the city.

The SLEs for inclusion have the capacity, skills and commitment to support and work alongside early years settings to improve the quality of learning and teaching, through the development and delivery of a high quality provision for all children who are disabled or have special educational needs aged 0-5 years. Through a request system settings can access SLE support.

Current examples of SLE deployment include work to support settings with Education & Health Care Plans (EHCPs) and updating of inclusion policies. Other areas that SLEs can offer support and advice are practical strategies and resources to develop inclusive practice, suggestions around training and individual observations.

The Children’s Act (2014) incorporated the development of the new SEND code of practice which will pay a vital role in ensuring that children and young people achieve well in their early years and lead happy and fulfilled lives. Councils and local health partners have worked together to prepare for the new arrangements. A significant change is that the statements of special educational needs has been replaced by Education Health Care Plans and now support children from 0-25. The new plans ensure a co-ordinated approach from health, education and social care.

Please use the links below for more information 

Narrowing the Gap


Looked After Children

Gypsy Roma Travellers

Pupil Premium


Enhanced Provision


Educational Psychology


SEND Funding

Inclusion contacts

Dawn Butler, Early Years Manager: Inclusion

Heather Mundy, Gypsy Roma Travellers

Anne Mortimore, Bristol Standard Consultant

Heather Mundy