Child Assessment

SEND reforms: Challenges for the early years

SEND provision in the early years has been in desperate need of reform for a long time. But has the new Code of Practice hit its mark? Maureen Hunt explores the key challenges thrown up by the recent reforms and some of the steps exemplary settings are taking to deal with them.
Preschool children sitting on the mat

We are on a curve of change in the way in which special educational needs are identified and supported in England, following the SEND reforms in 2014, part of the new Children and Families Act.  For early years settings, these changes have mostly led to new and improved ways of working, but they have also presented some new challenges and caused some existing ones to be re-examined under the lens of the new reforms. 

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