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Childcare for children with special educational needs and/or disability

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Children who have disabilities and their families are entitled to good quality, affordable, flexible childcare, just like any other child or family. 

Find here lots of information to help you find and decide on the childcare that suits you and your child/children's needs, what childcare providers should be doing to support you and your child and were to find extra support.

Types of childcare - find out here about all the different childcare options available to you to suit your families needs.

Finding childcare -  Whether you are looking for part time or full time childcare, out of school clubs or holiday clubs, help is at hand to enable you to find the right type of quality childcare which best suits your needs and the needs and age of your child.  

Choosing quality childcare - You need to feel confident about the childcare setting you are using for your child so before you choose any type of childcare you should do some research by asking the right questions.

Help with accessing childcare (Childcare Brokerage) - As a parent/carer you may sometimes have difficulty in finding the childcare option which is right for you. If you are having trouble finding a service to meet your needs the Childcare Brokerage service help support you.

Will my child be safe? - There are a range of safeguards in place to ensure that your child will be well looked after by people who are required to go through a range of checks. Includes information on Ofsted Inspection Reports, the Ofsted Registers and Disclosure and Barring Service Checks.

Meeting the needs of children with special educational needs and/or a disability - Find out here how childcare providers should be meeting the needs of children with special education needs and/or a disability at their setting. 

Sandwell children and young adults disability and special needs register - To join the register please contact Sandwell Family Information Service on 0121 569 4914.

Financial support and help with childcare costs: including information about the Free childcare for 2, 3 and 4 year olds avaliable to families who whoes child is in receipt of Disability Living Allowance.

Children's centres - There are 7 children's centres across the Sandwell borough.  Find out here where your local Children's Centre is and what facilities and activities are avaliable.

School holidays - Find out here what playschemes, activites and events  are running in your local area during the school holidays. Includes a section for children with special education needs and/or a disability.

Inclusion Support - Early Years Team (ISEY) supports children in their early years who have individual or special educational needs (SEN) / disabilities. The service works in collaboration with other agencies to provide appropriate support packages and early intervention. The team works with children in their own homes, at the centre and in a range of early years settings, holiday play schemes and out of school clubs.

Inclusion Support Services - A multi-disciplinary service that provides assessment and intervention, specialist teaching, advice, consultation, information and support for parents, carers, schools and other educational settings regarding children and young people who have a wide range of needs.