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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…

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…

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…

Help with childcare costs

Help paying for childcare The Government have produced guidance for parents called 'help paying for childcare', this information talks about tax credits, universal credit, childcare vouchers and help for students that need help while they study.  They also have a useful website called childcare choices which enables parents…

Disagreement Resolution and Mediation

There are a number of steps that the parent or young person can take if they disagree with any of the decisions that are made during the Education Health and Care Needs Assessment process. Disagreement resolution A range of informal arrangements are available to help…

Special Educational Needs Tribunals

The SEND Tribunal is a formal means of resolving disputes between the Local Authority and parents, carers and young people about the support provided to them via an Education Health and Care Plan. It forms part of the First-tier Tribunal (Health, Education and Social Care…
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