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Supporting Children in Kent with Special Educational Needs and Disability

Early Years LIFT

Due to the current COVID-19 circumstances Sevenoaks STLS will be holding virtual Early Years LIFT meetings for any referrals received on the same days as Early Years LIFT would normally take place. If a setting has a referral to discuss please email the referral to the STLS Business Support Assistant rather than post to Valence School, as we are able to accept referrals and any additional documentation that is appropriate via email for the time being. Please can referrals and additional documentation be password protected if possible.

Sevenoaks STLS appreciate due to the current situation it may not be possible for SENCOs to have parents/carers sign the agreement to engage form as normal so we are able to accept verbal consent from parents/carers  following an initial conversation about the Early Years LIFT process and parents/carers have agreed to an Early Years LIFT request being made. The verbal consent should be recorded by the SENCO and the parent/carer should follow it up with a consent email/text which the SENCO can screen shot for their records and forward with the Early Years LIFT referral.

What is Early Years LIFT?

Early Years SENCOs attend Early Years LIFT to access support from Specialist Teachers based at Valence School, Special School Outreach Staff based at Milestone Academy, Equality and Inclusion Advisor, Early Help and other Early Years practitioners. At times, other professionals attend some Early Years LIFT meetings, for example, Speech and Language Therapists.

Early Years SENCOs are encouraged to attend Early Year LIFT once a term, whether or not they have a referral to bring. When they require specialist support, a referral must be made using the appropriate forms. Referrals must be submitted at least a week before the Early Years LIFT meeting they are attending.

The Early Years LIFT meeting considers all requests for support for children presenting with the need for specialist advice in the following areas: Cognition and Learning (C&L), Communication and Interaction (C&I), Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) and Physical Disability (PD).

If there is an unexpected and/or urgent issue that occurs between Early Years LIFT meetings, for example where a child with complex needs joins the settings, or a change in circumstances puts a child at high risk of exclusion, then Early Years SENCOs can request to attend the next available Early Years LIFT meeting.