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Role of SENCo in early years provision

Maintained nursey schools

A maintained nursery school must ensure that there is a qualified teacher designated as the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) in order to ensure the detailed implementation of support for children with special educational needs. This individual should also have the prescribed qualification for special educational needs co-ordination or relevant experience.

Other early year providers and childminders

The Early Years Foundation Stage framework requires other early years providers to have arrangements in place for meeting children’s special educational needs. Those in group provision are expected to identify a SENCo. Childminders are encouraged to identify a person to act as SENCO and childminders who are registered with a childminder agency or who are part of a network may wish to share that role between them.

What does the role of the SENCo involve?

It involves:

  • ensuring all practitioners in the setting understand their responsibilities to children with special educational needs and the setting’s approach to identifying and meeting special educational needs.
  • advising and supporting colleagues.
  • ensuring parents are closely involved throughout and that their insights inform action taken by the setting, and
  • liaising with professionals or agencies beyond the setting


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Last updated: 19 Dec 2018
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