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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…

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…

Pre-schools and nurseries

Pre-school A pre-school is an early years setting where young children under statutory school age have the opportunity to learn through play. They are also sometimes known as a playgroup. Pre-schools or playgroups are aimed at children aged 2-5 years. They offer sessional care, for example mornings or…

School nursery class

A school nursery classes provides early education for children aged between 2 and 4. Nursery classes are attached to a primary school. Open during school hours, offering full or half-day sessions.  Children can start in the September following their third birthday (although some accept children throughout…

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…

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 …

Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) Programme Board

NEWS: The Department for Education and the Department for Health & Social Care have published temporary revisions to SEND regulations. You can read about the changes here. The SEND Programme Board is the group which ensures that the systems and process we operate and the services…

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…

Support for children with special educational needs in early years settings

Any Early Year’s setting that a child attends must have arrangements in place to support children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND).  These arrangements should include a clear approach to identifying and responding to SEN. All early years settings in North Somerset will have identified…

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…
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