SEND awareness grant scheme

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered at on 13 January 2020.

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What is the total fund for the SEND awareness grant scheme connected to the London Early Years Campaign?

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I recognise the vital importance of ensuring that children with emerging special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) can access the right support from a young age.

In November, I offered a grant of up to £20,000 to raise awareness of free early education for 2-year-olds amongst families of children with SEND and to improve early identification of children with additional needs. This was awarded to London Borough of Islington, who will focus on improving early identification for children with autism. Their project will offer training to early years settings run with the borough’s health partner, Whittington Health. Training will raise awareness about the difficulties associated with autism and strategies to support children into early education. It will emphasise the benefits of free early education, ensuring that early years practitioners can increase parental understanding.

Our existing projects are already supporting early years children with SEND. For example, my Early Year Hubs have developed and will trial a standard way of sharing information on children with additional needs when they move between early years settings and when they transition to school. This was recommended in the London Assembly’s SEND report. My Wandle Early Years Hub has a focus on improving early intervention for children with SEND.