Early Years LIFT Process

        Page Updated 11.07.23 


Pre EY LIFT Referral - The Equality and Inclusion Team

STLS 5The 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 the use of Best Practice Guidance and associated paperwork
  • Post-EY LIFT support including modelling of multi-agency strategies.
  •  Electronic request form ....Click Complete Submit ...

EY LIFT Groups, Dates and Deadlines

EY LIFT Referral

STLS 5Early 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 provisions from within their existing resources.
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

STLS 5Downloadable Resources

Contact Details

STLS 5Enquiries about Early Year's Lift Referrals 
Posting paperwork? Please send it to:
Emma Holt | Executive Administrator 

Tonbridge and Malling STLS
The Hive | The Oaks Specialist College
Cage Green Road | N10 4PT

01732 207950 ext 1036 
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