Early Years LIFT Process

        Page Updated 2nd Sept 2021 


Pre EY LIFT Referral - The Equality and Inclusion Team

The Equality and Inclusion Team

The Equality and Inclusion Team provide a programme of advice, support and training to promote and enable equality and inclusion and to narrow gaps in achievement.

Access Kent funded (free) SEND support from the Equality and Inclusion Team for the following:

  • Pre-Early Years Local Inclusion Forum Team (EY LIFT) advice and support including use of Best Practice Guidance and associated paperwork

  • Post-EY LIFT support including modelling of multi-agency strategies.

There is a new electronic request form that you can complete and submit.

Alternatively, you can download and complete the Equality and Inclusion Special Educational Needs and Disability Support Request (DOCX, 51.7 KB) and email to

Childminders seeking support should complete the Childminder SEND Support Request Form (DOCX, 52.1 KB) and email it to

EY LIFT Groups, Dates and Deadlines

EY LIFT Referral

Early Years Settings

  1. When early years settings identify concerns about learning issues concerning Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND), for an individual child or a group of children, they should first use the Best Practice Guidance to identify what can be done to support the child’s access to the Early Years curriculum from within the settings own resources.
  2. If it is considered that additional advice, training or support is needed then the Early Years Local Inclusion Forum Team Request Form should be completed. Early years settings should discuss the referral with parents, which can be evidenced by completing an EY LIFT Agreement to Engage form
  3. At the LIFT, the early years’ settings will have the opportunity to discuss the issue or case in more detail with colleagues from other early years settings, an Educational Psychologist and representatives from district-based specialist outreach providers, including specialist teachers. The discussion aims to find solutions to problems, drawing on the knowledge, experience, and expertise of everyone in the group so that early years’ settings can make better provision from within their existing resources.
  4. The most common outcomes from a LIFT discussion are:
  • The most common outcomes from a LIFT discussion are:
  • Advice, support and ideas from the discussion at the meeting to take back and try
  • Access to training programmes or the opportunity for bespoke training
  • Support from other early years settings
  • Specialist Intervention from a specialist teacher, Educational Psychologist (through the core discretionary offer or commissioning) or another district-based SEND provider
  • A recommendation that the early years setting should consider a referral to Early Help
  • A recommendation is that the early years setting consider seeking advice from appropriate health professionals.

LIFT Paperwork

Downloadable Resources

One-Stop Document

Personalised planEarly Years Personalised Plan. Early Years settings should use this to record the Outcomes agreed with the parents/young person and monitor and evaluate the provision made.


Personalised planEarly Years Personalised Plan Guidance For guidance on completing the Personalised Plan please view the Early Years Personalised Plan Guidance document.


Graduated Approach for childmindersTEP Graduated Approach Flow Chart Childminders

Contact Details

Enquiries about Early Year's Lift Referrals 

Telephone: 01732 771384 Option 5

Email EY LIFT referrals to: LIFT Referrals

STLS EY LIFT Referrals
Nexus School,
Upper Haysden Lane,
TN11 8AA


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