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Supporting Children from Birth to Reception

COVID-19 Update

For parents/carers who are critical workers, as defined by the government, who need early years childcare: 

  • If you are a critical worker needing essential childcare and your normal provider is open, you can go there 

  • If you are a critical worker needing essential childcare and your normal provider is closed, please email Children and Families Information Service for alternative providers that are open - 

  • We are currently working across schools and the early years sector in Cumbria to develop a potential hub model to provide childcare for those that need it throughout this period


Some children can be identified as having additional needs when they are very young.  Staff will be required to make reasonable adjustments in order to meet their learning needs.

If there are concerns about a child's development then the Early Years process should be started.  This can be done by any professional that is involved with the child:

This will be discussed at an early years panel meeting where it will be allocated to an area SENCO or a Specialist Advisory Teacher depending on the level of need.

Further information and guidance about specific needs could also be found by looking at specific pages on the Specialist SEND Support - Education page:

Specific early years information/guidance can be found in the Cumbria SEND Handbook:

For general information about early years provision: eg 2 year old funding, 30 hours provision, SEN funding, etc:

Glossary of terms/abbreviations can be found in the SEND Handbook:

Parent and toddler groups provide a meeting place for adults while their children play together and take part in activities.

Groups provide an excellent support network. They can also be a great place to make new friends, swap ideas and share parenting experiences. Groups usually meet once or twice a week, during school term-time.  Please download our Parent and Toddler Group leaflet below for further information:

View list of Parent and Toddler Groups

Parent and Toddler Group Leaflet

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