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The Joint Local Area Review of SEND Services

We would like to thank all children and young people, parents, carers and professionals for sharing their views with Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) during their inspection of our local area between 14 and 18 May 2018. The final report is available via the…

UPDATED: SEND capital funding from the Department for Education

UPDATE June 2019 - A new version of the template plan is now available for download. In March 2017, the Department for Education allocated additional capital funding to support initiatives to develop additional and innovative provision for children with Education, Health and Care Plans. Following…

A new Special Free School for North Somerset

on 11 March 2019, the Education Secretary announced approval of bids for 37 new Special Free Schools across the country, creating around 3,500 additional school places, boosting choice for parents and providing specialist support and education for pupils with complex needs such as autism, severe…

Education Health and Care Plans in North Somerset

NEWS: October 2020 - New Annual Review Guidance Published We have recently reviewed our guidance on how we assess and provide Education Health and Care Plans in North Somerset. On this page, you can find our most up to date documentation. We will also soon…

Guidance for Parents, Children & Young People

We recognise that sometimes, the rules and regulatations around SEND can be complex and daunting. As part of our commitment to co-production, we are developing accessible versions of our guidance and policies.  Two Side Guides - these documents sum up the key steps, issues or…

Healthy eating

Maternal and child nutrition Children are much more likely to develop and maintain  healthy eating patterns  if they have a positive relationship with food from their early years. Our guide to maternal and child nutrition (pdf) provides consistent advice and information to help reduce obesity…

Opening a childcare setting

All reception, nursery classes, day nurseries, childminders, playgroups, pre-schools and after school clubs that accept children within the age range birth to five years old have to follow the early year’s foundation stage (EYFS) statutory framework. The EYFS ensures children’s safety and that they learn through play. For more information…

Childminders

Search for FREE for Childminders In North Somerset we support the Pacey #Notababysitter campaign  which dispells some of the myths about childminding as either a career or a chidcare choice. All of North Somerset childminders are registered with Ofsted. Ofsted are the legal regulators for childcare in…

Education health and care needs assessment in the early years

Our Assessment Guidance We are currently reviewing and updating our guidance document and assessment criteria to ensure that it keeps pace with changes in the law and SEN Code of Practice. We will provide simpler, more accessible guidance on our processes for parents and professionals,…

Specialist childminders

This is a joint project between North Somerset Council and Springboard Opportunity Group that aims to develop childminder's skills and confidence in supporting children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), alongside their mainstream children. Specialist childminders are committed to ensuring that children with SEND are…
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