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|20 Feb 2019, 2:51 p.m.||Pupils: Visual Impairment||Seema Malhotra|
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that teachers are able to identify young children who require visual impairment support in early years education.
Answer (Nadhim Zahawi)
Early Years Teacher Status is awarded to graduates who have met all of the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) which are available at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/211646/Early_Years_Teachers__Standards.pdf. These standards set out the minimum knowledge, understanding and skills that an Early Years Teacher must demonstrate. Early Years Teachers are required to:
The Early Years Foundation Stage framework requires providers to have arrangements in place to support children with special educational needs (SEN) or disabilities and to identify a member of staff to act as SEN Co-ordinator. This framework can be found here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/596629/EYFS_STATUTORY_FRAMEWORK_2017.pdf.
Where it is identified that a child may have SEN, the setting should adopt the graduated approach that is outlined in the SEND Code of Practice – assessing the child’s needs, planning suitable support, implementing that support and reviewing it regularly to ensure it remains appropriate to the child’s needs. This document can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/send-code-of-practice-0-to-25.