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Early Help and Care

Some families of children and young people with SEND will require additional help and support and may need help with accessing community activities whether these are universal or specialist. What is important is that this help is effective and that it can be accessed early…

Early Years and Childcare

It is important that children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their families have access to services as early as possible. At the Early Years stage identification is usually through a health agency (e.g. health visitor or paediatrician). Once identified, and with the…

Education

What does special educational needs mean? If a child has a learning difficulty or a disability that makes it harder for them to learn than most children of their age, they may have special educational needs (SEN). As many as one in five children may…

Education after 16

All children and young people have the right to full-time education up to the age of 16 and now must attend education, attend training or be employed from 16-18. Many young people with special educational needs and disabilities benefit enormously from these last few years,…

Education Benefits

Education Benefits Get information about Free School Meals entitlement, help with the cost of school uniforms and help with school travel costs. Many families in Sandwell could get free school meals but don't claim for them. Your child may be entitled to free school meals…

Education, Health and Care Plans (EHC Plan)

What is an Education, Health and Care Plan? An Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan is a legal document which describes a child or young person’s aged up to 25 special educational needs, the support they need, and the outcomes they would like to achieve.…

Education, Training and Work

Support and advice for parents and carers on all aspects of education and learning for you and your family. 

Family Support

Family life is full of rewards and challenges. Finding the right support at the right time is important. Family Support has a range of information and advice services for parents and carers. Search for a local or national service using the categories below.   Due…

Free Childcare for 2 year olds

Free childcare is available for eligible 2 year olds, for 15 hours a week during term time. Your child will have the chance to have fun, play, learn socialise and make new friends. If your child is eligible, they can take up a place at…

Free Childcare for 3 and 4 year olds - 15 hours (Universal Entitlement)

All 3 and 4 year old children are entitled to a maximum of 570 hours of free childcare a year (15 hours a week for 38 weeks a year). Your child can normally access this from the term after their third birthday. Free childcare is…