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Early Years & Childcare

In this section you will find information on a wide range of services for children aged 0 – 5 years and their families.  This includes information on Children’s Centres, childminders, early support assessment and crèches, to name just a few.  Information on the new Education…

Early years outcomes guide

The following guidance published by the Department of Education, provides a guide for practitioners and inspectors to help inform understanding of child development through the early years. To view the full guidance please select the document to your right.

Education, Health and Care (EHC) Referral Panel Guidance Notes

A request for an EHC assessment can be made by: education settings (e.g. nurseries, schools and colleges) the Local Authority parents a young person over the age of 16, but under 25 other agencies on behalf of a young person in their care If you…

Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) - Guidance for Young People

This leaflet has been produced for young people by the Department for Education (DfE) and provides information on Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs).   

Education, Health and Care Plans - Examples Of Good Practice

The Council for Disabled Children have developed some good practice guidance to support the development of skills in writing good quality EHC plans that meet both the letter and the spirit of the Children and Families Act 2014. This is available at: https://councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/help-resources/resources/education-health-and-care-plans-examples-good-practice  

Fire Safety training for SEND children and young people

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service offers education and training to all education providers and provides specially prepared resources to use with children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Please follow the link from the picture to our main page about the SENDsafe…

Free early education for 2 year olds

As a parent/carer you may qualify if you receive any of the following benefits:   Income Support income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) Universal Credit, and your household income is £15,400 a year or less after tax, not including benefit payments…

Free SEND support courses and quizzes

NDNA, supported by the DfE, has created a selection of free online courses and quizzes for childcare professionals to develop knowledge of SEND provision. The currently available courses are: Courageous Conversations: Understand what is meant by a ‘courageous conversation’ Gain tips and advice on how…

Gov.UK - Children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

The government has developed a brief guidance on what support is available if your child has special educational needs and/or a disability. To find out further information please select the relevant link.

Guidance to your child’s learning and development in the early years foundation stage

What to expect,when? Guidance to your child’s learning and development in the early years foundation stage
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