Providing childcare for children with special educational needs and disabilities

"Childcare enables children to understand the world around them, to get used to big groups and to have someone other than you, their parent, caring for them."


Good quality childcare is beneficial for all children. It can play a hugely important role in your child's development, allowing them to become independent, to mix with other children and to learn new things. But choosing the right childcare can be a difficult decision for every parent, particularly if your child has a special educational need or disability (SEND).

We have developed a series of resources for parents and childcare providers, which support families to access the childcare they need.

Resources for parents

Resources for childcare providers