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Direct payments and personal budgets in North Somerset

What are direct payments? Guidance about Direct payments and coronavirus/COVID-19 Direct Payments (DPs) are a cash payment made from the council to you so you can buy your own care and support services. A ‘direct payment’ means that the money goes directly from the council’s…

Our Local Area SEND Strategy & Co-Production Charter

Over the past year we have worked with parents, carers and young people to develop our Local Area Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Strategy. This document explains how we will all work together to make sure that services we provide to children and their…

Schools Accessibility Strategy

Each Local Authority in the UK has a legal requirement to ensure that all children and young people with SEND have access to the National Curriculum. All Local Authorities are required to publish an Accessibility Strategy.   The overall aim is to ensure that North Somerset supports…

0-2 Childcare Funding

How do children get the funding? Children must be referred by a professional such as a Health Visitor or Family Support Worker. All referrals are discussed at a 0-2 multi-agency panel. There is strict criteria that the family must meet to receive this funding. Funding…

Covid-19 Childcare update

Information for Parents Some Early Years providers have now either re-opened or have extended the numbers of children that can attend their setting. The government have issued guidelines for providers to open safely, along with information for parents and carers. Most Early Years providers are…

Transition between services

The term 'transition' is used to refer to life changes that children and young people may go through, for example moving from one educational setting to another, pre-school to primary school, primary school to secondary school, etc. Pre-school to school – age 4 or 5…

Schools and learning

Since 2013 all young people must stay in some form of education or training until they are 18 years old.  We support early years children 2-5 years with SEND into primary school through the 'Inclusion Link Programme You may need further information about your child starting school: School admissions …

Travel and transport

There are a range of specialist transport services designed to meet the needs of children and young people with SEND in North Somerset, and a number of services which support independent travel using the wider public transport network. We have provided information below which should…

About childcare

Understanding Childcare To support parents to understand the different government childcare schemes and how they interact, a simple poster has been produced to simplify the full childcare offer. If you are claiming benefits or on a low income your two year old may be entitled to…

30 hours of childcare

All children aged 3 or 4 years old are eligible for 15 hours of free early education for 38 weeks of the year. Children are eligible from the term after their 3rd birthday. The government has extended this offer to 30 hours a week for…
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