Eligible working families whose children will be aged between 9 and 23 months old on 31 August can now apply to receive 15 hours childcare starting from September 2024.

Find out more information on the Childcare Choices website

Early Years

SEND Training

SEND Training

Autism Education Trust Training

Buckinghamshire Council Early Years Service are delighted to have been awarded the Autism Education Trust Early Years Training licence, we are also the Regional Partner for the South East. The AET training is a modular training programme for practitioners and all those working in Early Years settings. In addition to the training and to support practitioners further the AET offers

Training modules for Early Years include:

  • Making Sense of Autism - basic autism awareness training for all practitioners in all early years settings, whether or not they work directly with children with autism.
  • Good Autism Practice – designed to support all practitioners working directly with children on the autism spectrum to develop their practice.

Details of module availability and how to book can be accessed through CPD Online 

If you are a Buckinghamshire Early Years setting and have a child who has autism attending your setting, we may be able to deliver the Making Sense of Autism to all practitioners at your setting as part of our support. To find out more about this please discuss with your Key Contact, a SEND Advisor or email earlyyearssend@buckingahsmire.gov.uk.

Practitioners in the south east outside of Buckinghamshire may contact autism@buckinghamshire.gov.uk  - 01296 387111 for further information.

Practitioner should access training from their local partners, please click here to find yours.

Level 3 Qualification for Early Years SENCOs

  • Are you a SENCO in an Early Years setting, or would you like to be?
  • Would you like to learn more about the role of a SENCo, build your confidence in the role and increase your knowledge about how best to support children with SEND in your setting?
  • Would you like opportunity to develop in your role as SENCO, to attend an annual SENCO networking event, work with other SENCos in the county; taking part in projects and sharing good practice with other SENCOs?
  • This qualification will provide you with opportunities for all of the above.

Requirements for Level 3 Qualification for Early Years SENCOs in Buckinghamshire:

  • Practitioners must have attended the 2 day Buckinghamshire SENCO training or an equivalent (this contributes towards the practical element of the course).
  • Practitioners must attend the ‘launch event’ and will have opportunity to take part in 2 additional workshops.
  • Practitioners should have the confidence and ability to lead others and implement good practice in their settings.
  • Practitioners must have an interest in SEND and be able to demonstrate this through webinars and training courses attended and additional reading/ websites accessed. There is a place to add all relevant information on the expression of interest form below.

More information about the content of the course can be found on the Qual Hub website

To register an expression of interest to complete the next level 3 qualification for Early Years SENCOs in February 2025, please complete the expression of interest form below.

Level 3 Qualification Expression of Interest Form

Please contact earlyyearssend@buckinghamshire.gov.uk if you have any queries.

Early Years Autism

The Buckinghamshire Early Years team are delighted to be able to offer families of autistic children (with or without a diagnosis) the opportunity to learn together with their child’s settings.

Families can choose between:

  • Early Years Autism – one day


  • Early Years Autism – five sessions


Early Years Autism - One Day: (For parents of children aged 6 and under)

This course runs on a termly basis, two family member and a practitioner from the child’s setting are invited to attend the session from 10 am to 3 pm.

The day focuses on helping families and practitioners to understand ‘Autism and the differences in the way children learn’. We will share strategies to support autistic children at home and in the setting.

The next Early Years Autism One Day Course will be;

  • Monday 14th October 2024 at The Gateway Conference Centre, Gatehouse Rd, Aylesbury HP19 8FF

To apply to join one of these sessions, please complete the Expression of Interest Form below.


Early Autism Expression of Interest Form


Early Years Autism – 5 sessions

This course provides an opportunity for families of pre-school aged children, and their child’s practitioner, to work closely together and learn about autism and strategies to support learning.

The five sessions focus on:

  • Week 1: Understanding Autism​
  • Week 2: Communication and visuals​
  • Week 3: Sensory differences and independence skills​
  • Week 4: Interaction and Play​
  • Week 5: Problem solving and next steps​.


Early Autism Expression of Interest Form


Please note the Early Years Autism programme replaces our EarlyBird and Understanding Autism courses, parents who have already completed these do not need to attend the new course due to repetition of content.

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