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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 talkers and readers

Children begin to develop the skills they need to become confident with language from a very young age. Early literacy skills include looking at books, following a story, making marks, recognising printed writing and singing or saying rhymes. Read aloud to your child from an…

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…

Early Years Pupil Premium

If your child is 3 or 4 years old and receiving the universal 15 hours free childcare in Sandwell, your childcare provider may be eligible for Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP). The Early Years Pupil Premium is extra funding paid to your registered childcare provider…

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

Many families in Sandwell could get free school meals but don't claim for them. Find out more about how to apply for free school meals, help with the cost of school uniforms and help with school travel costs. Your child may be able to get…

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

Find information on how to apply for a school place in Sandwell, school term dates and support and advice for parents and carers on all aspects of education and learning. Thinking about training or looking for a job? Get more information and advice on local…

Family and Home Safety

Staying safe as a family is very important. Children will get bumps and scrapes as they develop and explore the world around them. It is important to teach your children about the world around them and how to navigate it safely. Talk about road safety,…