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Education Health and Care Plans in North Somerset

New: You can now request an education, health and care assessment online We have created some easy-to-read guides for parents, and some guides specifically for children and young people on many aspects of the process - you can view them here on the Local Offer. This…

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…

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…

Local Offer

Welcome to North Somerset Local Offer. The website aims to provide you with information, advice and guidance across education, health and social care for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Find out more about the Local Offer and how to…

Special Educational Needs Tribunals

NEW: A simple guide for parents, and an information sheet co-produced by children and young people is now available here. 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…

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…

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…

Disabled Children's Register (DCR)

The Children Act 1989 requires all local authorities to keep a register of children with disabilities to help with planning and monitoring services. Registering your child on the Children's Disability Register helps us identify and plan for the needs of children and young people with disabilities, their…

About short breaks and respite

Covid-19: Short Breaks, Clubs and Activities Like many areas of day-to-day life, Coronavirus, will affect how we deliver our services. We will update these pages with our plans for the forthcoming school holidays, and will be clear about what parents and carers can expect from…
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