Any support your child gets from their school or other setting should meet their needs.
If your child has SEN, they will be able to access help – called SEN support – from their early years settings, such as nurseries or childminders, schools and further education institutions such as colleges and 16-19 academies.
SEN support replaces school action/school action plus (in schools) and early years action/early years action plus (in early years settings).
Children and young people with more complex needs might instead need an Education, Health and Care (EHC). EHC plans replace statements of SEN and Learning Disability Assessments (LDAs).
SEN support is part of what is known as the ‘graduated approach’ and in general should work as follows. (This approach varies in how it works depending on the age of your child – for example, it may work differently in a nursery than it will in a school.)
You may be contacted – for example in schools, this will be by your child’s teacher or SENCO – if your early years setting, school or college think your child needs SEN support. Or you can approach your child’s school or other setting if you think your child might have SEN. You will be involved and your views will be needed throughout the process, and you will be kept up to date with the progress made. Young people aged 16 to 25 will be fully involved in designing their own SEN support and provision.