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Early years and childcare

Details of childcare services for disabled children including children's centres and home based services.

There are many advantages for both parents and children from using good quality childcare. For more details about childcare, free early years education and other family services, see: Childcare.

All childcare providers should be able to welcome and include disabled children.

The Council for Disabled Children has produced a guide to what your childcare provider could offer. For more details, visit: Disabled children and the Equality Act 2010.

Support for Ofsted registered childcare and early years providers

There are Inclusion Funds to flexibly meet the specific needs of children with SEND. For example:

  • To enhance staff to child ratios.
  • To provide training for settings to increase confidence and quality.
  • To support with transport for children, where needed.

These funds are via a small grants process where early years and childcare providers check the criteria. They then apply via a joint application in partnership with parents and other professionals. It is monitored often to make sure it is right to meet changing needs. The funds are for children and young people aged 0 to 18 years. The Inclusion Funding team commits to make sure that funds are in place easily and quickly.

Note: This does not pay for the child's or young person's place in the setting. That cost is met through Early Education Funding, parents or may be funded through other agencies or teams.

For general queries:

For funding queries:

Children's Centres: education, health and care

These offer a range of support to children and their families, such as:

  • Learning to sign with your baby.
  • Antenatal clinics.
  • Dads and male carers' groups.

There are centres across Calderdale. To find the nearest one to you, see: Children's Centres.

Home and setting based educational service: Portage

The Portage and Early Years Support Teacher (PEYST) Team is part of the Specialist Inclusion Teams. They are nationally accredited Portage home visitors and qualified teachers. They work with families and Early Years providers. This is to make sure the youngest children with SEND get the extra support they need.

The team gives:

  • Advice and support for children under five with additional needs, SEN and/or disability to:
    • Early Years education and childcare providers;
    • and families.
  • Early support through person centred key working approaches, to assess and plan for each child's needs.
  • Support for statutory assessment processes towards Education Health and Care plans.
  • Advice and guidance to Early Years education providers on how to apply the SEND Code of Practice (2015).
  • Training:
    • Portage basic workshop;
    • SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) roles and responsibilities;
    • Early Years SENCO networks and training;
    • Bespoke training on request.

PEYST also work with health and care services. This is to make sure that targeted support is put in a child's learning and development plan.


PEYST team:

For more details, visit: National Portage Association.

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