SEN Early Years Inclusion Service (SEN EYIS)

This regional service aims to promote the optimum development of pre-school children with special educational needs by providing advice and support to children, families and pre-school settings.

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The Special Educational Needs Early Years Inclusion Service (SEN EYIS) supports pre-school children with Special Educational Needs. The Early Years Hub (EYH) is the single point of referral to the service. Referrals to the EYH come from Paediatricians for pre pre-school aged children and from Educational Psychologists for pre-school aged children.

We provide advice and support to children, families and pre-school settings.

We provide training for leadership and early years practitioners. This can be accessed by all early educational settings via the Children & Young People's Training portal.

Workshops, advice and tailored programmes are available to families and early educational settings of children referred to the service by the CYPS Early Years Hub.

Queries to the service can be made by contacting any SEN EYIS office by phone. Phone lines are operational during office hours and a voice message facility is available. You can also email enquiries to (Please include a contact number and your child’s name in the message).

Omagh Office
Armagh Office

028 8241 1580

Antrim Office
Derry/Londonderry Office

028 9448 2298

Dundonald Office
Belfast Office

028 9078 4283

Cognition and Learning

Enjoy our Nursery Rhymes and Action Songs

You can also:
See our booklet of Nursery Rhymes & Action Songs

For Irish Medium resources:

  • More video clips with some songs are available on the Altram website.
  • Have a look at some more songs on the Irish language app ‘a hAon, a Dó, a Trí’, available to download through Google Play Store & Apple App Store. 

Sensory Processing

Social, Behavioural, Emotional and Wellbeing

Social Communication and ASD


First Then Schedules

The ‘First and Then’ strategy is often used to support children. In this section you can watch our subtitled video, and see more information in First and Then explained and see types of first and then schedules and get a blank first and then board.

You will find some home schedule photos and pictures here.

More photos and pictures can be found in the Visual Resources section.

Making Choices

In this section you can watch our video (transcript provided), and see more information about choice making, and choose a small choice board or a large choice board to use.

You will find some food photos and food symbols here.

More photos and pictures can be found in the Visual Resources section.

Choice boardpdf145.66 KB

Large choice boardpdf178.78 KB

Social Stories



Visual Resources

Bedtime Routines

Language and Communication

Early Years Transitions

Stepping Stones to Pre-school: Online Training for Parents

Bedtime visualspdf198.19 KB

Rise NI

The Regional Integrated Support for Education team in Northern Ireland (RISE NI) has created a regional website specifically for parents and carers of children in mainstream nursery and primary school (up to P4).

The RISE NI information leaflets, suggested activities/resources and parent training videos aim to promote development of speech and language, fine and gross motor skills, and social and emotional development.

Self Help Skills

Last updated: 18/11/2021