We developed a series of case studies, looking at childcare providers around the country who are best meeting the needs of children with SEND. These case studies showcase the good practice already being delivered by specific childcare providers.
An invaluable source of information about childcare can often be other parents. They can give good insight and tips about how best to access services and how to find appropriate care for a child. Explore the stories and advice from a number of families of children with special educational needs and disabilities with whom we spoke.
A guide to inclusive childcare for childcare providers
Childcare for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) is crucial to all families who need it. It gives children a chance to play with other children and adults, to explore the world around them, to prepare for school, or just chill-out after school or in the holidays. Childcare also gives parents the opportunity to work, train, get stuff done at home or spend time with other children.
Read our guide for childcare providers, which gives information about how you can make your childcare setting inclusive and accessible for children with SEND. This guide was written by Unique Kidz and commissioned by Family and Childcare Trust.
Checklist for delivering information as part of the Local Offer
As part of our Childcare for all: the role of the Local Offer research report, the Family and Childcare Trust developed a good practice checklist for local authorities on delivering information about childcare for children with special educational needs and disabilities as part of the Local Offer.
Childcare guides for parents by Family and Childcare Trust
We have developed a number of guides that you can share with parents to help them find, choose and fund childcare.
Video and step by step guide to help you choose childcare that works for you and your child.
Childcare can be expensive but there is help available towards the costs of childcare that you may be eligible for.
Find and choose the right childcare, understand the financial and local support available to you, and know your rights are as a parent.
Here are some of the places where you can find out about the childcare services available in your local area.
Useful resources for childcare providers
Parents of disabled children often struggle to find information and therefore miss out on the services and help they are entitled to. Professionals can make a big difference, by helping families find out about what is available locally and support them to access it.
The Communication Trust
A coalition of over 50 not-for-profit organisations working together to support parents and professionals with children and young people’s speech, language and communication. They have created a range of resources to support professionals, including information about children's communication development and how to identify and support children with speech, language and communication needs. www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk
Contact a Family
Helps a wide variety of professionals in their work with disabled children. Their resources include a dedicated professionals' section on their website, online and printed parent guides and resources, and up-to-date medical information on over 400 health conditions and disabilities, useful for professionals supporting a disabled child. www.cafamily.org.uk
Their eLearning suite was developed for people working with disabled children and young people to understand how to respond appropriately to each child’s individual needs. It covers a range of different requirements − from those who need a simple introduction and overview, through to those working with disabled children and young people on a daily basis. www.kids.org.uk
Supports people with a learning disability to live life as they choose. They have a dedicated space for professionals on their website that outlines the key issues and provides some good practice information about how to support the inclusion of children with a learning disability in your services. www.mencap.org.uk
National Autistic Society
Provides information, support and pioneering services for people with autism and their families. They provide a number of resources for professionals including a range of resources for teachers and schools; and an online platform for professionals to support children and young people with an autism spectrum disorder to avoid exclusions. www.autism.org.uk
National Deaf Children's Society
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