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SEND Sustainability Plan

If you are looking for information about our new SEND Sustainability Plan see 'SEND sustainability plan'

Education (early years)

Information about Wiltshire based educational services and learning to support birth to 5 year old SEND children.

Are you accessing all the help available for the cost of childcare? Childcare Choices (opens new window) is a Government website that helps you see what you may be entitled to. For more information on free entitlement, and the Disability Fund, see: Early years and childcare.

Universal and targeted support

All early years providers are required to have arrangements in place to identify and support children with SEN or disabilities and to support equality of opportunity for children in their care. These requirements are set out in the EYFS framework.

The special educational provision made for a child should always be based on an understanding of the child's strengths and needs, and should seek to address them all using well evidenced interventions targeted at areas of difficulty and, where necessary, reasonable adjustments made to meet the needs of the child. This will help to overcome barriers to learning and participation.

Early years providers can access targeted support by speaking to a range of different professionals and agencies, listed in the education support section, who will be able to advise them.

Ordinarily Available Provisions for All Learners (OPAL)

Our OPAL resource is a web based resource, with supporting development network, which defines what provision education settings should ordinarily make available for children and young people.

You can find out more by visiting: 

OPAL Homepage

Early Years Education Options

There are a variety of options for children under the age of 5 in Wiltshire to start their educational journey, visit the sections below find out more.

All educational settings are required, by the Department of Education, to set out their SEND statements on their website; use those pages to learn more about your chosen educational establishments SEN provision and policies.

Education support

SEN specialist support

The following services all support learners to access the education they need. This may be by providing training to supporting professionals or parent/carers, they also cover a wide range of specialisms in equipment and holistic practices.

  • Specialist SEN Service
  • Habilitation, Independence and mobility support
  • Hearing Support Team
  • Physical and Medical Team
  • Visual Support Team
  • Behaviour Support Team
  • Educational Psychology Team

For more information visit:

SEN Specialist Support Services

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