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Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will carry out jointly, an inspection of our local area. The Inspection will evaluate Torbay Borough Council local area’s effectiveness in identifying and meeting the needs of, and improving outcomes for, children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) from Monday 15 November to Friday 19 November 2021. You can read the full letter here

We support all practitioners and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCOs) working with children with special educational needs and/or disabilities in early years settings in Torbay.

Inclusion support takes the form of training, advice and guidance around individual children’s needs and inclusive practices.

The Advisory Teacher for Early Years Inclusion can be contacted on 01803 208261 or 07789 923 782.

SEN Early Years Resources are also available.

Funding

Activity Led Funding in Early Years (ALFEY)

Early Years settings are invited to apply for activity led funding to help support individual children with needs who have been referred to the service by completing the Funding for Support form.

ALFEY Panel Dates
Final Submission date ALFEY Panel Term
Friday 16 July 2021 Tuesday 3 August 2021 - 1pm Summer 2021
Friday 24 September 2021 Tuesday 12 October 2021 - 1pm Autumn 2021
Friday 19 November 2021 Tuesday 7 December 2021 - 1pm Autumn 2021
Friday 28 January 2022 Tuesday 15 February 2022 -1pm Spring 2022
Friday 11 March 2022 Tuesday 29 March 2022 - 1pm Spring 2022
Friday 29 April 2022 Tuesday 17 May 2022 - 1pm Summer 2022
Friday 15 July 2022 Tuesday 2 August 2022 - 1pm Summer 2022

You can make a request for activity led funding for supporting Individual children by downloading and completing the Activity Led Funding in Early Years (ALFEY) parts 1 and 2 forms and sending them to us.

Terms of Reference
Activity Led Funding Early Years (ALFEY) Panel

  Download Activity Led Funding in Early Years (ALFEY) form – Part 1 (setting information)

  Download Activity Led Funding in Early Years (ALFEY) form - Part 2 (child information)

Part 2 - Form guidance
ALFEY Guidance on requesting funding for supporting individual children.
Part 2 - Checklist of what to include
ALFEY checklist
Change of hours application form
ALFEY change of hours form

Disability Access Fund (DAF)

In addition, Early Years settings may be able to receive DAF for eligible children attending their setting. The Disability Access Fund is money that is available for eligible children to a nominated childcare provider once per year to aid access to Early Years places for children with special educational needs (SEN) or disabilities.

  Download Disability Access Fund application form

Disability Access Fund
Information including eligibility criteria.

Enhanced Transition Support

Enhanced Transition Planner
Enhanced Transition Planner for Pre-school Children with SEND
Enhanced Transition Plan
Enhanced Transition Plan for Pre-school Children with SEND

SEND and Vulnerable Children’s Forum Bulletins

Bulletins from previous years can be found in the archive at the bottom of this page.

SEND and Vulnerable Children's Forum Bulletin 10 - November 2021
Updates and news for Early Years setting SENDCOs, SEMH and SLC Leads in Torbay Early Years settings
SEND and Vulnerable Children's Forum Bulletin 9 - September 2021
This edition of the SEND and Vulnerable Children’s Bulletin focuses on welcoming young children with SEND back into their settings.
SEND and Vulnerable Children's Forum Bulletin 8 - July 2021
Updates and news for Early Years setting SENDCOs, PSED and SLC Leads in Torbay Early Years settings
SEND and Vulnerable Children's Forum Bulletin 7 - April 2021
This edition of the SEND and Vulnerable Children’s Bulletin focuses on transitions for our young children with SEND, starting school in September 2021
SEND and Vulnerable Children’s Forum Bulletin 6 - March 2021
The latest edition of the SEND and Vulnerable Children’s Bulletin

SENCOs

Forms and records downloads

You can download the relevant forms and record keeping templates and guidance documents below.