MASTERCLASS: SEND in the early years: a child’s route to support

09:15 - 12:15

With early years settings caring for rising numbers of children with emerging special needs, this masterclass aims to help practitioners understand and support the learning and developmental needs of the ‘Unique Child’.

Following the success of our full-day conference on ‘SEND in the early years’, we have invited some of the key speakers to return to present our masterclass and so help early years practitioners to:

  • Understand the essentials of inclusive practice
  • Navigate the route from ‘first observation’ to ‘personalised plan’
  • Make the most of current funding, support systems and training, and
  • Develop their understanding of the sensory processing problems experienced by many children with SEND.

9.15-9.30 Coffee

9.30-10.20 Inclusive practice: key considerations

Revisit the principles of high-quality universal inclusive practice and learn why early years practitioners need to:

  • Embrace and embed child-centred practices in their provision, including person-centred thinking
  • Further their understanding of whole-setting practice in supporting young children’s needs, and
  • Challenge the efficacy of the ‘traditional’ one-to-one model of support in improving young children’s outcomes.

Julie Revels, early years consultant specialising in SEND and inclusive practice

10.20-11.10 Supporting the Unique Child: from ‘first observation’ to ‘personalised plan’

Hear step-by-step advice on:
  • Noticing and acting on the early signs of developmental delay in a young child
  • Working closely with parents
  • Evidence gathering, engaging with other professionals and securing additional funding, and
  • Personalised learning and the ‘Enabling Environment’

Michele Barrett, headteacher, Randolph Beresford & Vanessa Nursery School, London

 11.10-11.25 Coffee

 11.25-12.15 Enabling Environments: sensory processing

Many children with SEND, especially those suffering from early trauma or who are on the autistic spectrum, have one or more over- or under-developed sense – sight, sound, smell, touch or taste. Find out:
  • What sensory processing is, how it develops and how difficulties with sensory integration can affect a child
  • How a nursery responds to the sensory processing difficulties of the children in its care
Anne O’Connor, early years consultant and author, specialising in the prime areas of physical and emotional development, and Dr Kath Dickinson, owner of SEND to Learn, Morpeth, Northumberland

Full rate: £150 (+VAT) / Early Bird rate £125 (+VAT) for bookings made by 29th March