SEND in the Early Years

SEND support is embedded within the Early Help process.  The Early  Help Assessment form will be essential for:

When an additional need is identified for a child or young person, whether social, emotional, developmental or educational, an Early Help Assessment form can be started to gather information.  The emphasis is on assessing all aspects of a child or young person's strengths, needs and circumstances, developing a plan to meet identified needs and reviewing progress systematically.

If, following the assess-plan-do-review process, the setting required support from the Learning Improvement Service or the Inclusion Service, eg: early years area SENCO, specialist advisory teacher or educational psychologist to meet the needs of the child or young person then the following should be undertaken:

  • Fully complete the EHA form
  • Decide on one service to request
  • Gain written parent/carer consent
  • Send the assessment form to the local SEND office with supporting evidence.
  • Register the assessment with the Early Help Team at:

To download documents and for further information, please view Cumbria's CSCP website.

SEND Early Years Resources
Early Years Team:

Early Years Team Manager
Amanda Macdonald – - 077854 56853

Early Years and Childcare Advisers
Chris Blair – - 07967 050386
Karen Cove – - 07966 111871
Laura Kendall – - 07824 834894

Early Years Advisers/Area SENCOs
Mary Cooper – - 07818 012576
Heather Dakin – - 07760 991500
Sue Hunter – - 07971 446053
Rachel Ramsbottom – - 07973 811191
Margaret Thornley – - 07768 888591

Early Years Finance Officer
Ailsa Witchell – - 01228 221179


Page last reviewed: 07/08/2023

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