SEND: Delivered by the Early Years Inclusion Team

Only 2 places per settings are able to booked per course at this stage unless otherwise stated, if your require further places you will be placed on a waiting list and contacted nearer the date if you have been allocated additional places.

To book a place on any of the courses in this programme please email: and include title of training requested, name of delegate, setting, email address that will be used to access the training and a contact telephone number.

Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) Workshop

This is a single session workshop covering the processes and actions necessary from identifying that a child may require an EHCP to the ongoing requirements once an EHCP has been issued. Some of this is statutory so it is important to know the legal obligations of having a child in your setting with an EHCP. The workshop provides an opportunity to engage in practical activities to develop and support understanding.

• To develop an understanding and purpose of EHCPs and the processes involved
• To develop knowledge of the legislation relating to EHCPs
• To consider when an EHCP may be appropriate and the supporting evidence required.
• To increase practitioner knowledge and confidence in requesting EHCPs and completing reviews

Target Audience: Owners, managers, SENCos, childminders
Date: Thursday 11th May
Time: 6:00pm to 8:30pm 
Venue: Waffle 21, Colonial House, Swinemoor Lane, Beverley HU17 0LS

Date:Thursday 18th May
Time: 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Venue: Waffle 21, Colonial House, Swinemoor Lane, Beverley HU17 0LS
Please note: This course consists of 2 sessions and both must be attended.

Role of the SENCO

Session 1: Understanding your responsibilities in supporting children with SEND
Aims of session:
• To define inclusion, special educational needs and disability (SEND)
• To develop knowledge of the SEND Code of Practice
• To understand the role of the Early Years SENCo
• To increase awareness of East Riding policies and procedures for SEND support

Session 2: Early Years Support
Aims of session:
• To strengthen partnership working with families
• To develop practice in working with other professionals
• To increase understanding of Early Years Support

Session 3: Early Intervention and delivering quality inclusive provision
Aims of session:
• To develop provision to ensure that it is inclusive
• To develop practise in providing targeted termly support plans for those children identified with Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities (SEND)

Target audience: Owners/Managers and SENCOs but open to all practitioners and Children’s Centre Staff.
Dates: Thursday 8th, 15th, 22nd June 2023
Time: 9.00am to 12.30pm 
Venue: The RaisE Business Centre, Tom Pudding Way, Goole DN14 6BS
Please note: This course consists of 3 sessions and all 3 sessions must be attended.

Support Plan Workshop

Practitioners will have the opportunity to gain practical experience of completing a Support Plan based on a selection of case studies. Discussion with practitioners from other settings and the workshop facilitators will help to develop and support understanding of what a good support plan looks like and why this is important.
• To understand the purpose and function of the Support Plan
• To understand how to agree objectives and targets
• To understand how to use the format in an Early Years Family Meeting
• To be clear on what to include in a Support Plan and how to write this
• To be clear on how a Support Plan is crucial to the amended AIS requests process

Target audience: SENCO’s, childminders, any staff supporting children with SEND.
Date: Thursday 29th June 2023
Time: 9.30am to 12.30pm
Venue: Waffle 21, Colonial House, Swinemoor Lane, Beverley HU17 0LS

Understanding Behaviour

This workshop helps practitioners to explore behaviour issues, identify ways of managing behaviour and understand how to promote healthy and positive behaviour climates in their setting. By understanding the ways behaviour can present in the Early Years and the associated communication needs a child may have, we can identify the best support practices to help children to self-regulate and be more comfortable.
The aims of the behaviour workshop:
• To review knowledge and understanding of behaviour in the Early Years
• To reflect on feelings about behaviour and behaviour management in your setting
• To look at how we can engage children, the language we use and practical solutions and strategies for effective behaviour support

Target audience: All Early Years Practitioners
Date: Monday 17th April 2023
Time: 9.30am to 12.30pm,
Venue: Waffle 21, Colonial House, Swinemoor Lane, Beverley HU17 0LS

Date: Wednesday 19th April 2023
Time: 6.00pm to 9.00pm,
Venue: Via Microsoft Teams

SENCo Cluster Meetings
Meetings may include input from a particular service area or information on a topic of current interest.
These are your meetings so we are keen to structure them to meet your needs and facilitate discussion on issues that are relevant and important to you.
To do this, we need you to tell us what you would like to be included in the meetings and suggest changes to the format offered, if there is a more effective way of delivery.
The agenda will be circulated prior to the meeting – please contact your Area SENCo if you have any items you wish to be included on the agenda or alternatively email to

Target audience: Existing and potential Early Years SENCos.
Date: Tuesday 9th May 2023
Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Venue: via Microsoft Teams

Date: Wednesday 10th May 2023
Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm 
Venue: via Microsoft Teams

Portage Workshop

This workshop introduces participants to the small steps approach to learning for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities which is the basis of the Portage model. The workshop contains the following modules:
• The Portage Model and its relevance to Early Years settings
• Helping children to learn:
o Using Clear Language
o Planning for Success
o Small Steps Approach
• Examples of Planning, Recording and Sharing
• Supporting the Development of Play
• Positive Approaches to Children’s Behaviour
The National Portage Association (NPA) sets the core curriculum of this Portage Workshop. At least one member of the presenting team for the workshop is an accredited trainer with the National Portage Association.

• To develop knowledge of the Portage Principles and model of support
• To consider how the Portage model can be incorporated when working with children with SEND and their families
• To analyse a range of materials and resources which may be useful when working with children with SEND
• To develop an understanding of the small steps approach to learning
• To understand why play is so important and consider how the development of play can be supported in children with SEND
• To develop an understanding of why some behaviours occur and how they can be changed
• To develop confidence to apply skills learned on the course in the workplace

Target audience: Parents of children currently accessing Portage, practitioners working in early years settings, Children’s Centre staff, practitioners working with early years children with SEND.
Dates: Thursday 27th April, Thursday 25th May and Tuesday 6th June 2023.
Time: 9.30am to 4.00pm
Session 1 - Goole Leisure Centre, North Street, Goole DN14 5QX
Session 2 - Goole Leisure Centre, North Street, Goole DN14 5QX
Session 3 - The RaisE Business Centre, Tom Pudding Way, Goole DN14 6BS

Please note: This is a 3 part course and participants must attend all 3 sessions.