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Early Years SEN toolkit - For all children with SEN

Activities, strategies and resources to support all children with SEN.

Activities and strategies

These activities and strategies may be useful for any child with a special educational need. Some are written for parents but are equally relevant for use in settings.

Heuristic Play and Treasure baskets: Heuristic play was a term coined by a child psychologist Elinor Goldschmeid in the early 1980's. Heuristic play describes the activity of babies and children as they play with and explore the properties of 'objects'. These 'objects' are things from the real world - Heuristic play and treasure baskets (pdf format, 167Kb)

Treasure Basket - This explorative play supports children in developing their own sensory exploration of natural items and can advance the child’s developing understanding of cause and effect - Treasure baskets


Identifying children who are learning English as an additional language and who may also have learning difficulties and/or disabilities (pdf format, 456Kb)

Early support resources
Early support produce a variety of information resources covering a wide range of different conditions, disabilities and difficulties, developed in response to feedback from families.

SEN and Disability in the Early Years Toolkit
4Children and the Council for Disabled Children (CDC) have produced a toolkit for SEN and disability in the early years. Each section of the toolkit provides a briefing on a particular aspect of the SEN and disability reforms as they apply to early years providers. Each section is based on the statutory requirements and the guidance from the early years, the SEN and the disability frameworks, and draws on a range of relevant practice guidance and other materials to provide an accessible guide to SEN and disability in the early years. Towards the end of most of the sections of the toolkit is a useful tool, an activity or a reflective task to support practitioners in applying the particular topic to their own setting.

Individual Intervention Record (doc format, 62Kb) It’s important to keep a record of the interventions provided for children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (both at home and in their setting) alongside notes about the impact of the intervention. This form is designed to be used from the start i.e. as soon as the child’s needs have been identified so that the chronology of all the various interventions and how they have helped is collected in one place with costs included, if relevant.

Smooth Transitions in the Early Years: To prepare for transition, see the Settings and Schools Readiness for Children section of the Early Education Toolkit

Questions to ask when you go to a doctor or hospital

Last reviewed
01 June 2018
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