Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion (SENDI) at Bright Horizons

Our aim at Bright Horizons is to enable all our children to have the brightest beginning, as it’s widely recognised that high-quality early years support is critical for all children.

To give each child their best chance in life, we understand that some children will need additional support throughout their education and life, while others may need it temporarily as they transition through some stages of their learning and development.  

SENDI Practitioners at Bright Horizons

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SENDI is a key focus within all our nurseries and we are proud to have a dedicated early childhood director who ensures that SENDI is an integral consideration in all decision making.

In addition, each nursery has a SENDI practitioner with specialist ongoing training and a passion for supporting children with additional needs.

SENDI Nursery Networks

Coordinated by our Early Childhood specialists, Bright Horizons SENDI practitioners also benefit from being part of our specialist SENDI networks, providing a community of knowledge and enabling best practice to be shared throughout our nurseries. 

SENDI Family Support

Our SENDI practitioners are a dedicated point of contact for parents as well as staff, and can support families with external agency coordination and referrals such as: 

  • Speech & Language Therapists 
  • Early Help Teams 
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Education and Healthcare Plans 
  • Portage Services 
  • DLA Applications

Bright Horizons’ SENDI framework supports legislation and procedures in: 



What does SENDI mean?

SENDI means Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion. Depending on the location of your nursery, you may also know these practitioners as SENCO in England, ASLCO in Scotland and ALNCO in Wales.

How does Bright Horizons identify if a child has SEND or needs extra support?

All our nursery teams are trained in identifying when a child may benefit from a little extra support. Once a need is identified, we work with each family – and other professionals where required – to prepare an individual plan and liaise with their key person to support the child.

Sometimes children will need ongoing support, while others may just need help for a short period.  If a child needs a little temporary help, our SENDI practitioners are on hand to offer guidance, as well as arranging external referrals where required.  

How will staff support children with additional needs during key transitions such as room changes or the move to school?
Our nursery teams work with individual families to support and transition children through each stage of their early childhood education journey, ensuring that each child is provided with the unique support they need to progress.

This may mean a key person transitioning with your child to the next room, applying for funding or welcoming schools to the nursery to meet children and families.

How does Bright Horizons adapt nursery environments to increase accessibility?
We aim to make our nursery rooms as inclusive as possible to meet a range of physical and sensory needs. This might mean installing ramps for wheelchair users, or designing environments that are calming and relaxing to the senses.

How are families included in their child’s education?

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All parents are encouraged to be involved in children’s nursery care and education. This is especially important when a child has additional needs. Our SENDI practitioners work with our nursery teams and families to create a plan tailored to supporting children to thrive.

If you have any questions, or would like more information, please get in touch with your local nursery.