Choosing the right childcare can be a difficult decision for every parent, but it is particularly challenging if your child has a special educational need or disability (SEND). 

In this article you will find information on:

  • Finding childcare
  • What support is available for children with SEND in childcare
  • What financial help is available for childcare costs including some specifically for disabled children

What support is available for children with SEND in childcare?

All registered childcare must make arrangements to support children with SEND and make information about this available to parents. They should have a member of staff to be their SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator). 

Childminders are encouraged to identify someone to act as their SENCO. The SENCO’s job is to advise colleagues and involve parents.

Time for twos

Did you know that some two year olds maybe able to get up to 15 hours of free childcare? This is known as Time for Twos in Dudley.

for more information on time for twos visit Time for twos

Extra time for threes and fours
All three and four year olds are entitled to a free, good quality early education place from the term after their third birthday.
This free early education place runs for two years until the child reaches compulsory school age, in the term after their fifth birthday. A free early education place can be accessed in maintained school nurseries, private or voluntary sector day nurseries, pre-schools and with registered childminders.

for more information on how on Extra time for three and four year old visit Extra time for three and four year old

Finding childcare

To find up-to-date lists of registered childcare contact the Family Information Service. 

You have to pay for childcare, although depending on your families circumstances, there may be some help with cost.

Nurseries and playgroups - Nurseries and playgroups are for children under five years old to play, learn and have fun in groups, while their parents work, study or are busy elsewhere.

Childminder A childminder is a person who looks after a child in the childminder’s own home.

Afterschool club - Most schools offer a link to an after school or breakfast club to look after your child whilst you study or work.

Holiday playscheme - where your child can play whilst you are at work or studying.

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