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The Early Years Special Educational Needs service provides county wide support for young children who have significant learning needs. Teams are based throughout Derbyshire and travel from Ripley, Chesterfield and Buxton.

The service works with children from birth until they go to school. With parental permission anyone, including parents can make a referral to the service.

After a period of initial assessment, the EYSEN will regularly meet the child and provide advice on strategies, teaching approaches and learning outcomes. Regular reports on progress are provided and the service works closely with any other professionals involved with the child.

The service consists of the Derbyshire Portage Service (DPS) and Early Years SEN Specialist teachers. All members of the team have experience and expertise in working with children who have complex needs and need extra help and encouragement to learn.

Portage Home Visitors work with parents and children at home, Specialist Teachers in Early Years settings. All staff will also support the child as they transition into new or different provisions, they will help access funding streams or additional resources and be sure that the child has every opportunity to succeed through the next phase of their education.

Specialist Teachers and Portage Home Visitors also deliver an extensive range of training, which is available to maintained, non-maintained (private, independent and voluntary sector) nurseries, parents, DCC employees and other support services.  Training includes Makaton, sensory processing, ASD, promoting positive behaviour and much more. We offer bespoke training and will cater for your individual requirements on request.

For further guidance, please visit the EYSEN page on Local Offer or the Derbyshire County Council website.

Karen Waring is the Head of Service, a message can be left with her clerical support on tel: 01629 533487 or 01629 533340 or email:

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