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SUPPORT AND TRAINING FOR EARLY YEARS PRACTITIONERS

Support and training for early years practitioners

What free services we provide to support early years practitioners who support children with SEND up to the age of four

We support early years practitioners and early years settings to:

  • provide appropriate interventions for a child’s needs
  • develop strategies and targets for children’s Individual Education Plans
  • monitor and review a child’s progress
  • understand special educational needs processes and procedures
  • We accept referrals from early years settings using the Early Years Portage and Inclusion Team Referral Form (word doc, 111k) .

To return the application to us you must follow our secure email guidance

Email completed applications to earlyyears.senpanel@bristol.gov.uk.
We provide training to:

  • special educational needs coordinators (SENCOs) and other early years practitioners to support and develop their knowledge of SEND
  • help all those working with children in the early years to create inclusive and effective early learning environments

We have a wide range of specialist equipment and information to support the inclusion of young children. This is available from our Early Years Inclusion Resource Library and is for all early years providers, including childminders.

Portage home visiting service for families

We offer a home visiting educational and support service called portage for children from birth to five years old with SEND.

How to refer

We accept referrals from:

  • parents
  • professionals

Fill in the Early Years Portage and Inclusion Team Referral Form (word doc, 111k) (opens new window) .

To return the application to us you must follow our secure email guidance.

Email completed applications to earlyyears.senpanel@bristol.gov.uk.

Contact

Early Years Portage and Inclusion Service
Bristol Education Centre
Sheridan Road, Horfield
Bristol, BS7 0PU
Tel: 0117 377 3235

 

Resource Library

 

An Early Years Inclusion Resource Library is available, holding a wide range of specialist equipment and information to support the inclusion of young children. This library is available to all settings, including childminders, who are offering the Early Years Foundation Stage to children from birth to five years. The library is also available to parents who are accessing a Portage Home Visiting service, via their Portage and Inclusion Specialist.

The team’s support can be accessed by completing our referral form, available on this page, or please contact us using the information on the right of this page.

Inclusion contacts

Dawn Butler, Early Years Manager: Inclusion