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SEND Early Years team

The SEND Early Years team supports children aged 0-5 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) or who are disabled. The team comprises of Gloucestershire Portage, Early Start groups, Outreach support, Early Help Advisers, Multi-Agency Planning (MAP) group (inclusion grant funding), Gloucestershire Total Communication (GTC) training and SENCO training.

Early Years SEND

Early Years Referral form


The new Early Years Referral form can be downloaded by clicking the button below.  This form should now be used by all practitioners for all referrals, whether for whole setting support or for support for individual children, and replaces all previous forms.   

Please delete all previous forms and use just this one for all your Early Years referrals.  To ensure you always use the latest version we suggest you download a new form from this webpage before making each referral. 

Our new email address should be used for all Referral Forms and as well as all other Early Years enquiries, please email:   


         EY Referral Form

         EY Checklist

         The Early Years Service SEND offer


Please note: there is now a new process in place for referrals into the Multi-Agency Planning (MAP) group. 

Please contact your Early Years Lead Advisor (EYLA) in the first instance.

Gloucester and Forest:

Bev Green,  Mobile: 07796 183794

Kim Nicholls,  Mobile: 07796 610433

Charlotte Smith,  Mobile: 07741 097323

Cheltenham and Tewkesbury:

Ruth Price,  Mobile: 07796 610496

Sarah Cousins,  Mobile: 07769 886126

Stroud and Cotswolds:

Catherine Hardwick,  Mobile: 07909 937184

Steph Kirby,  Mobile: 07818 858474

or email:

Referrals to MAP group should be made for a child who has:

  • Medical/educational needs requiring additional support with learning/development.
  • Additional needs that have not been met by following the graduated approach as outlined in the SEN Code of Practice/Gloucestershire Guidance Booklet for Professionals working with Children and Young People with SEND.

Referrals can be made to MAP group to apply for inclusion grant funding or other assistance to help support a child and the setting they attend.

Gloucestershire Total Communication (GTC) Course One training

Gloucestershire Total Communication actively promotes all methods of communication.  Our aim is to ensure a ‘common language’ is adopted for all people to help make a consistent and positive difference to everybody’s lives.

Course One training is an introduction to using a range of communication methods including signs and symbols to support speech, or as an alternative to speech and includes:

  • A brief history of the Total Communication approach
  • Finger spelling
  • Using objects of reference
  • Signs and symbols
  • Visual timetables
  • Skills to enhance your communication

For all information related to GTC Training Course One please follow the link below

      GCC EY Training


After Course One has been completed Courses Two and Three can be applied for. 

For Courses Two and Three please apply online at

Course Two covers more vocabulary and extends knowledge and skills, and Course Three is for practitioners wanting to deliver the content of Course One to their work place team.


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