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Childcare for children with special educational needs and disabilities

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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. 

Choosing the right childcare can be a difficult decision for every parent, particularly if your child has a special educational need or disability (SEND).

There are laws to protect children from discrimination and improve support and access to services, play opportunities, education and information. 

Finding the right information and support helps you give your child the best start in life

Support from birth

Sandwell Children and Young Adults Disability Register allows the Local Authority to keep up-to-date with the number of disabled children in their area and send relevant information to families, including information about childcare. It is a good idea to join this register when your child is born or when their disability becomes clear. You should speak to your health visitor, social worker or Sandwell Family Information Service about the register and the benefits of having your child on it.

Choosing Childcare

There are a range of childcare options available for your child: some of these will be for children of all abilities, while others will be specialist services only for disabled children.

It is worth considering what kind of childcare you want. You should think about whether you want your child to be cared for at home, in a group setting or in another person’s home.

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.  

 

Will my child be safe?

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.

Support for families

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. 

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.

Disability Access Fund additional funding for 3 and 4 year olds