Specialist services

There is a range of specialist support available for early years settings if a child has SEND.

Early Years SEN Advisory Team (EYSENAT)

Every early years setting has a named area Senco who can be contacted for advice, with permission from the child’s parents.

If it is felt necessary to make a referral to this service, the area Senco will arrange to meet with you, the setting Senco and the child’s key person. They will observe your child to gather more information before they provide relevant advice and make relevant recommendations.

Early Years SEN Inclusion Fund (SENIF)

The SENIF supports the inclusion of children who have SEND to access the EYFS and make progress in mainstream pre-schools and nurseries.

The funding can be used:

  • as a contribution towards resources that would benefit the child
  • for training that is specific to a child’s area of need
  • for additional staffing to provide a higher staff ratio at certain times

Referrals are made by the setting to the Early Years SEN Advisory Team for consideration. If the referral is accepted, it will be allocated to a member of the Early Years SEN Advisory Team.

Disability Access Fund (DAF)

If the setting your child attends provides funded places for any 3 or 4 year old who receives Disability Living Allowance (DLA), they may be eligible to receive DAF.

This is a one-off payment paid to a provider on an annual basis and it is paid regardless of how many funded hours the child is attending.

DAF is used to improve access to early years provision for children who have SEN and disabilities. It is up to the childcare provider how it is spent and cannot be used to pay for additional hours.

Professionals’ Advisory Service for Parents (PASP)

A community project led by the Al-Emaan Centre (AEC) in Keston.

Are you a parent of pre-school age child in Bromley and:

  • Have concerns about their development or behaviour?
  • Are unsure of where and how to get appropriate help and support?

If you do, the PASP may be able to help.

About the project

This project provides a non-judgmental signposting and advisory service for parents who have concerns about the development and behaviour of their pre-school aged children, particularly when they are unsure of how and where to go for appropriate support and/or referral.

The advisory service is provided by a group of professionals with many years working experience in the UK in child development and behaviour.

AEC provides technical/legal & collaborative support for the project and overview of the safeguarding and other training needs of the members including consent/confidentiality policy and related matters.

Please note: the PASP will not assess or examine your child.

Contact details

For more information and access to the service, contact the PASP:

Learn more on the AEC website.

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