What to expect: Age 0-5

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the statutory framework for children aged 0-5 years. All early years providers must follow the safeguarding and welfare requirements of the EYFS and learning and development requirements unless an exemption from these has been given. Providers will have arrangements in place to support children with SEN or disabilities. These arrangements will include a clear approach to identifying and responding to SEN. The benefits of early identification are widely recognised, identifying need at the earliest point, and then making effective provision, improves long-term outcomes for children.

This section looks at what SEN checks and support can be expected during a child’s earliest years.