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Supporting Children in Kent with Special Educational Needs and Disability

How Does A Setting Make An Early Years LIFT Referral?

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.

Settings should gather detailed evidence about the child and their development via the following sources;

  • Observations and assessments within the setting
  • Information from home
  • The child's two-year old review
  • Information and reports from other professionals (e.g. Speech and Language Therapists, Community Paediatricians, Portage Practitioners and Health Visitors, etc
  • Implementation of targeted plans (including their review as appropriate)
  • Completion of the Best Practice Guidance Audit Tool (Universal and Targeted sections)

Referral Documentation:

All documentation must be sent via recorded delivery post to the STLS Business Support Assistant at least a week before the Early Years LIFT meeting. Please contact the STLS District Lead Christine Reveley if the setting needs to bring an emergency referral with less notice.

  • Early Years LIFT Referral Form - When referring to Early Years LIFT please show on the referral form how the setting has used the graduated approach (i.e the "Assess, Plan, Do, Review" process)

  • Parental Agreement to Engage Form - Before sending in referrals, please ensure that the completed referral form has been shared and discussed with Parents before Parents complete the Parental Agreement to Engage form. This form MUST accompany all the referral paperwork. The setting should keep a copy for their records.
  • Reviewed Targeted / Personalised Plan
  • Healthy Child Programme "Two Year Review" (Health)
  • EYFS Progress Check at Two (Education)
  • Equality & Inclusion Note of Visit
  • Best Practice Guidance Audit Tool
  • Any other relevant paperwork e.g. specific observations and reports from other professionals

Information sharing is key to the government's goal of delivering more efficient public services that are coordinated around needs of the individual. It is essential to allow for early intervention and preventative work, for safeguarding and promoting welfare and for wider public protection. Information sharing is a vital element in improving outcomes for all. It is important that people remain confident that their personal information is kept safe and secure and that practitioners keep to the privacy rights of the individual, whilst sharing information to deliver better services.

Please ensure when making any referral to Early Years LIFT that the information sharing advice for practitioners available on KELSI has been read and understood.

Towards the end of the Early Years LIFT Meeting there is an opportunity for staff to anonymously raise children for a short discussion (no paperwork needs to be brought to the meeting or submitted before the meeting for these discussions). Verbal advice and suggestions can be given in response to this, with the possibility of the recommendation that the child is officially raised at Early Years LIFT the next term by the setting, following the Early Years LIFT processes.