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Episode 3: SEN Underfunding in Early Years with Neil Leitch

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In this episode of the TTS Talking Early Years podcast, Alistair BryceClegg continues the conversation around funding in the Early Years with Neil Leitch, CEO of the Early Years Alliance. 

Practical tips for practitioners

Neil and Alistair delve into the topic of SEN specifically, emphasising the concerning situation of SEN children being rejected by schools who don’t have the staff levels to cope. The current recruitment retention crisis is affecting both staff and children, with essential 1-2-1 support needed that isn’t being funded.  

The episode also expresses the catch-up culture children are now part of as a result of covid, and the difficulties parents faced during this time juggling work and parenting, as well as the parental guilt that came with this.  

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