Early Years SEND Support Consultation

Closed 18 Oct 2020

Opened 24 Sep 2020

Results expected 27 Nov 2020

Feedback expected 18 Dec 2020


In West Sussex, we want to make sure that children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) get the best possible support and help when they need it. We have been working on putting together a new strategy which sets out how we are going to do this.

Our priorities for young children with SEND are:

  1. Early identification and information sharing to ensure that we know the children with SEND and can provide the right support at the right time to improve outcomes and experiences for these children and their families.
  2. To develop a seamless process from identification into adulthood so that professionals are working together, in partnership with families, to identify and plan for the support needed at each stage of the child’s life. We will do this by moving away from referral to a multi-agency support process.
  3. Build trust for families who have a child with SEND so that they can feel confident that their child’s needs can be met by the services available within West Sussex.
  4. Clarity and consistency in the expectation for all early years providers so that all children with SEND can have access to the same level of high quality support whichever setting they attend.
  5. A new whole system approach to inclusion so that families have access to consistent information and support based on their need and hopes for their child.


1. Please read the Early Years SEND Support Consultation paper at the bottom of this page or watch the Early Years SEND Support Consultation video . The video contains a presentation of the information provided in the paper.

2. Once you have read or listened to the information, please then complete the survey questionnaire by clicking on the survey link below.

3. The questionnaire has been designed with different questions depending on your role or interest - as a parent, childcare provider, other professional working with children or other interested stakeholder, so please feel free to respond more than once if it is relevant for you to do so from more than one perspective.

Why we are consulting

We would like to know what you think of our proposed 'Early Years SEND Support Strategy'. Your views are important to us as we want to make this the best strategy we can create – one that has the greatest impact on making young children with SEND’s lives the best they can be.

The consultation will remain open until midnight on Sunday 18 October 2020.

Once the feedback has been collected, we will review the responses and make any necessary changes, complete the development of materials needed and offer training to early years providers. Changes will be implemented from January 2021.


Accessibility statement:

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A 'Word' version of the Early Years SEND Support consultation paper is also attached below, and alternative formats may also be requested using the contact details provided above. 

We are always looking to improve the accessibility of this website.  If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, please contact us at haveyoursay@westsussex.gov.uk. 



  • Adur District
  • Arun District
  • Chichester District
  • Crawley Borough
  • Horsham District
  • Mid Sussex District
  • Worthing Borough


  • Children
  • Disabled People
  • Young people with SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disability)
  • West Sussex County Council Staff
  • Carers
  • Parents


  • Special Educational Needs & Disability