SEND Passport

This tiered SEND Passport training package supports early years practitioners, childminders and early years SENCOs in supporting children with SEND, in an inclusive and enabling environment.

EYFS SEND Audit Tool

The EYFS SEND Audit has been designed as an introductory tool to encourage Early Years provisions to reflect on their current practice, environment, policies and procedures and use these reflections to make any required changes to support high quality inclusion for children with SEND in the provision.

As we continue to deliver the AET programme for Early Years and add the next module to our training package, we now recommend SENCOs and Leaders access the Autism Education Trust ‘The Early Years Standards Framework.’ This framework can be used by leaders to enhance and embed inclusive practice and improve outcomes for autistic children. The framework can be used by leaders to support settings to reflect, plan and implement improvement processes. Completion of the AET Early Years Standards Framework, supports leaders to meet the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2021), the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Code of Practice (2014), and their equality duties whilst complying with the Ofsted Education Inspection Framework (2019)’


Autism in the Early Years

The Early Years Childcare and Business Development Service are excited to now be license holders to deliver the Autism Education Trust (AET) programme to the Early Years sector in Waltham Forest.

The AET is a DFE approved programme led by two national autism charities – the National Autistic Society (NAS) and Ambitious about Autism (AaA).

The Early Years AET programme is delivered in modules, beginning with ‘Making Sense of Autism’ and is suitable for ALL staff working with autistic children, including nursery practitioners, childminders, setting managers, teachers and support staff. Find out more here

Attendees undertaking any of the Early Years AET training will benefit from an increased awareness of Autism as a difference, not a deficit and how to value the strength that comes with embracing neurodiversity and partnership working.  The training modules will provide an introduction to autism and some of the reasonable adjustments that need to be considered when working with autistic children.

Training: The below courses will be running both virtually via Microsoft Teams and during face-to-face training sessions. Please book your place via the booking link below. 

Please click on the module titles to view the full content of each course.

Training Modules:

Early Years Making Sense of Autism training, to book a place on this training, please click here.

Early Years Good Autism Practice training, to book a place on this training, please click here.

For further information about the Autism Education Trust click here.


STEPS Assessment

New to Early Years SENCO

Supporting Language


Behaviour Support


Support Plans


Toilet Training


Flourish Specialist Education Services

This service supports pupils from Year One and up, with visual impairment and mobility needs; hearing impairment; autism, learning and cognitive disabilities. Within the SENDsuccess team there are experienced teachers with specialist qualifications in SEND.


Useful Documents

Makaton Training 

We have an exciting opportunity for 11 Early Years provisions to take part in a five-week accredited Level 1 and 2 online Makaton training programme. This will now run from Tuesday 20 February 2024  to Tuesday 19 March 2024.  Closing date for booking forms will now be Thursday 1 February 2024. 

Places on this training are extremely limited and are being offered on a first-come-first serve-basis.  Please note, places are restricted to one participant per school / setting and for provisions who have NOT taken part in Makaton training previously arranged by Waltham Forest.

For more information, please see the flyer.  To book a place on the training, complete the Makaton Charity Booking Form, emailing it to the address on booking form and quoting ‘Waltham Forest Early Years.’

Waltham Forest Early Years, Childcare and Business Development Service will be contributing a one-off payment of £60 per school / setting* towards the cost of this training.  Once payment has been made, it is the Early Years Provision’s responsibility to send proof of payment to to receive a one off £60 contribution towards the training.*

* This one-off contribution is only for Early Years Provisions in receipt of FEEE and provisions who have NOT previously taken part in Makaton training arranged by Waltham Forest.

Last update: Friday 3rd of May 2024 09:07:31 AM