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Person Centred SEN Support in Early Years

Sunderland Early Years Team together with Helen Sanderson Associates has developed a practical tool for SENCO's and all those who teach and support children in Early Years settings in Sunderland. We hope it will be useful for parents and carers too. 


The aim is to help make sure that children and their parents/carers are put at the heart of a graduated approach to SEN support in Sunderland.


The SEND Code of Practice explains the graduated approach in four stages:

  • Assess
  • Plan
  • Do
  • Review 

The resource looks at each stage providing practical tips on how to gather person centred information and develop plans; how to include the child and their parents in effective meetings; and links to other useful tools and resources. 

Whilst the guide is for SENCo's, there is a real advantage for settings in looking at this approach for all children.


The guide is a practical resource that provides information about how person centred approaches can be used within a graduated approach to deliver SEN support.  There are a range of person centred thinking tools highlighted in the guide that can help to collect information as part of this proc
ess and to help develop person centred EHCP’s.


It is
not an exhaustive list and there may be tools you are already using which work well.  It is important that this document is used alongside Sunderland’s SEND Toolkit which is currently being developed.  Once completed the Toolkit will provide detailed information and guidance about the SEND support process in Sunderland. 

If you view the guide on a computer there are links and symbols that you can click to navigate you either through the document or direct you to additional information and resources, if you have access to the internet. 

Use the link on this page to download a copy of the guide. 

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