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Future of Education Support Services for Children with dual sensory impairment, hearing impairment and visual impairment

                Background Since 1996 the former Avon local authorities - Bath & North-East Somerset (BANES), Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire - have jointly commissioned a Sensory Support Service (SSS). This service has traditionally provided support to children with dual sensory impairment,…

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…

Health Services from Birth to Adulthood

All children and young people's health needs will change as they grow up, but there are often additional challenges for children with special educational needs or disabilities. Learning about a new diagnosis can also be a challenging event for everyone in the family.  This page…

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…

Help me find suitable childcare

Think about what you want and need from childcare and what kind of childcare would best suit your needs. For example: Do you need childcare in the evening, early morning or at the weekend?  Will you need additional childcare for school age children during school holidays? What are…

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…

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…

My child's special educational needs and/or disability

Areas of special educational needs: Communicating and interacting – where children and young people have speech, language and communication difficulties which make it difficult for them to make sense of language or to understand how to communicate effectively and appropriately with others Cognition and learning…

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…
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