The Role of the SENCO

A Guide to your Nursery SENCo Roles & Responsibilities


All children are entitled to an education that enables them to:


• Achieve the best possible educational and other outcomes, and


• Become confident young children with a growing ability to communicate their own views and ready to make the transition into compulsory education’

Your SENCO is: Alice Halls

What is a SENCO?

It is a requirement for all settings to have a designated Special Educational Needs Co-Coordinator (SENCO). The settings SENCO will oversee and identify areas where additional support may be necessary for individual children. This could be in any area of learning – ranging from their communication skills through to physical development.

Roles & Responsibilities

It is the role of the SENCO to ensure that all staff members are following the Special Educational Needs & Disability code of Practice 2015. The core values of this will be embedded into our day-to-day routines and activities to ensure that no child is left at a disadvantage, and that each child is given equal opportunity to succeed. To provide an inclusive environment, the SENCO must see to it that practitioners are all providing the same support. It will be the role of the SENCO to teach, lead and advise these team members and to also lead by example.

Learning settings policies and procedures are a staple starting point in inducting any new staff, so this ensures all the team are aware of SEN policies and practice expectations. As each individual child’s needs will change and need varied support over time, it is the role of the SENCO to provide staff with adequate knowledge to support each child as an individual.

Local Offer

The Local Offer provides information about the activities and support available in the local area The Essex Local Offer provides information on the services available to children and young people (aged 0 to 25) with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and their families including:

  • schools and learning
  • employment and training
  • local clubs and groups
  • health and social care


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