Services for Young Children

More support for children with special educational needs

For children with additional needs in early education and childcare settings, the following support is available:

SEN funding

For children with additional needs attending early years and childcare settings, there may be additional funding available. This funding is not intended to pay for the child’s placement but can be used as a contribution to support the setting with their inclusive practice or additional costs, such as:

  • increased staffing
  • access to specialist training
  • specialist resources.

Further information is available from the setting your child attends or you can contact the Area Inclusion Co-ordinator working with the setting.


Short Breaks For Disabled Children


Early Support Programme (0-5 years)

This programme targets all young disabled children or children with an emerging special educational need, whether or not they are using services provided by a children’s centre.

The Early Support information for parents booklets describe a range of conditions, disabilities or situations and their typical impact on young children's development.


Specialist equipment

Some disabled children require specialist equipment such as seating or standing frames to enable them to access activities available within their setting.

In these circumstances the child’s needs are assessed by his/her physiotherapist or occupational therapist. The therapist also provides training to the setting on the use of the equipment.

For further information, please contact either your child’s therapist or discuss with the setting SENCo or supervisor.


Ethnic Minority Traveller Achievement Service (EMTAS)

Pre-schools in Hampshire can refer newly-arrived bilingual or Traveller children to Hampshire's EMTAS service for support and advice.