Brent Early Years Inclusion Support Team (EYIST)

Covid-19 service update

Brent EYIST workers offer targeted support to private, voluntary and independent (PVI) settings, as well as childminders and nursery classes in schools, for children under five presenting with additional needs across the four broad areas of need as set out in the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Code of Practice 2015. These are:

  • Communication and interaction
  • Cognition and learning
  • Social, emotional and mental health difficulties
  • Sensory and/or physical needs

The team is continuing to offer support via the usual referral process which involves an initial consultation form being completed and submitted with parental consent by the education provider. The team is currently carrying out video conferences with settings and families. Risk assessments are also now in place to support a safe return to face-to-face visits to settings in priority situations. Team members continue to provide bespoke advice to support young children’s development.

  • Transition support was effectively put in place during the summer term, with almost 200 children being helped to start their reception placement, with their needs clearly identified and planned for.
  • Individual Plans are continuing to be devised and reviewed, with support from the team to best meet children's needs with a tailored programme.
  • Early identification and intervention processes continue to be promoted and supported so that help can be offered to children who need it in a timely way.
  • Multi-agency approaches continue to be developed, with high levels of ongoing liaison between the EYIST and other professionals, as well as with settings and families.  
  • The EYIST training offer to providers for the academic year 20/21 is now live on BestBrent and can be accessed by early years providers to continue their professional development.
  • On 1 October 2020, the EYIST is launching its first Level 3 accredited training certificate for early years providers, in collaboration with Eastern Partnership
  • Online early years ‘home learning activity sessions’ are being run collaboratively with other early years teams in Brent to support parents knowledge and skills.

If you are a parent/carer and would like to discuss how the EYIST can support your child, please speak to your early years provider who can refer you to the service where appropriate. Alternatively, you can contact the team directly on 020 8937 5816 or email Hatty.Besley@brent.gov.uk