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I'm a parent carer: Early Years Planning and Review Meetings (EYPARM) - Information and referral form

EYPARM - Early Years Planning and Review Meetings.

Within West Sussex we seek to ensure the needs of our pre-school children are raised in a timely and efficient manner within a multi-agency discussion forum. The purpose of the EYPARM is to discuss (your) pre-school child’s strengths and areas of need and how best to support these within an educational setting.

The EYPARM ensures appropriate discussion, planning and review and where necessary further assessment of pre school children who are likely to require additional support within their pre-school and eventually school. Each Pathway requires clear information regarding the child’s needs including the views of their parent/carer. Whilst some children have ongoing, complex needs which are clear from a very young age, there is no benefit to referring them at a time when meaningful educational assessment cannot take place. It is better to work with families to identify and support a child’s needs within the setting and refer at a point when an assessment can be conducted effectively, this is often most helpful as they approach school age (approximately 1 year before school start).

This process enables West Sussex Local Authority and Health Services to follow to the requirements set out with the SEN Code of Practice. In particular it ensures:

5.15 Where a health body is of the opinion that a young child under compulsory school age has, or probably has, SEN, they must inform the child’s parents and bring the child to the attention of the appropriate local authority. The health body must also give the parents the opportunity to discuss their opinion and let them know about any voluntary organisations that are likely to be able to provide advice or assistance. This includes the educational advice, guidance and any intervention to be put in place at an early point and before the child starts school.

For every child who is referred to the EYPARM a multi-agency discussion will take place, meaning that various different professionals will be in attendance including:

  • Chair: SENAT Team Manager (always in attendance)
  • Early Years and Childcare Advisor/Consultant (works closely with Early Years Settings) (always in attendance)
  • Educational Psychologist (always in attendance)
  • Speech and Language Therapist/Locality manager
  • Portage Coordinator
  • Specialist Health Visitor
  • Nursery Nurse
  • Paediatrician
  • Specialist Teacher for the Hearing Impaired/Visually impaired

    Possible outcomes of the EYPARM:

  • Signposting to relevant professionals/agencies (this could include Portage, Playgroups, specialists)
  • Further assessment (this could mean referring to an educational psychologist for an assessment of the child’s level of need)
  • School support (we write to the child’s allocated school and send them the reports we have received for the EYPARM, so that they are aware of the child and their needs prior to school start)

    Professionals refer a child to the EYPARM:

    To submit a referral we require the following:

    • Child's name, address and DOB
    • Parent/guardian's name and contact number
    • Name of child's Early Years Setting (if applicable)
    • Your most recent report, ready to upload as a word document or PDF

    There is the option to upload more detailed information such as other professionals involved with the child, background information and additional reports however this is not essential.

    Only professionals can refer a child to the EYPARM. If you are a parent reading this and you have concerns about your child, please speak to a professional (such as medical, portage or staff at your early years setting) who may be able to support you.

    click here to make a referral

    Contact details:

    If you have questions regarding the process or require further information please contact the relevant team


  • SEND Information, Advice and Support Leaflet - SEN in the Early Years