Children aged between 0-5 years are said to be in their “early years”. This is an important time for all children because long term development can be effected by the experiences a child has early-on in life. This is especially important for children who have special educational needs and/or a disability (SEND).
It is particularly important in the early years that there is no delay in making any necessary special educational provision. Delay at this stage can give rise to learning difficulty and subsequently to loss of self-esteem, frustration in learning and to behaviour difficulties. Early action to address identified needs is critical to the future progress and improved outcomes that are essential in helping the child to prepare for adult life. ( SEND Code of practice 5.36)
To find more information on how we support Children under 5 with SEND in Portsmouth City, scroll down and choose one of the sections below.