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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…

Early Years workforce

These pages are for North Somerset childcare professionals.  We hope that you find them useful.  Please let us know if there is anything that you would like to see included.

Early Years SEND Top-up Funding

All early years providers have access to support, advice and guidance from the North Somerset Early Years Area Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCOs). The Graduated response document outlines how early years providers can access this support as part of their graduated response. To request additional support and advice…

SEND capital funding from the Department for Education

The final assurance template for the original SEND Capital Funding scheme is available here. We are currently consulting with schools and other partners regarding future schemes. In March 2017, the Department for Education allocated additional capital funding to support initiatives to develop additional and innovative…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 …
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