- Funder: National Children’s Bureau (NCB)/nasen
- Lead researcher: Michelle Haywood
Led by NCB but delivered in partnership with the Council for Disabled Children, Nasen, ICAN, The Communications Trust and Contact, EYSEND aims to improve the quality of provision for children with SEND in the early years and settings by improving confidence, knowledge and ability in the workforce to identify and support children with SEND. It also seeks to develop effective Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) pathways and improve take-up of the early years offer, increase access and inclusion and support local authorities and partners to develop improved multi-agency strategies.
The work is taking place across five regions selected on the basis of the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile and take-up of the universal childcare offer (15 hours) for children with SEND in the early years. Our evaluation runs from April 2019 to March 2020 and is a mixed methods study focusing on the impact of the programme in local areas.