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Childcare and Early Years

Are you looking for childcare and don't know where to begin? Finding the right care for your child is really important.  Give yourself plenty of time to look in to different options available.  There are many childcare options available in Cumbria, you can find details about the different childcare providers below or…

Cumbria Support Groups

Cumbria Local Parent and Family Support Groups Parent and Family support groups are a great way to meet other parents & families for practical and emotional support. The groups listed in the 'related services' on the right-hand side are run by local parents and carers…

Disability Access Fund (DAF)

The Disability Access Fund is to support access to early years free entitlement places for 3 and 4 year olds. It supports children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). The intention of this funding is to support childcare providers in making reasonable adjustments to their…

Identifying Young Children with SEND

Many children and young people have special educational needs (SEN) at some time during their education. A child or young person with SEN may find it harder to learn than other children of the same age. Special educational needs may include: behavioural or social, for…

Moving into School

Starting school can be an exciting time for children as they learn to cope with a wide variety of new experiences and demands.  For children with special educational needs and disabilities this sometimes may have extra challenges.  It is helpful for the child if their…

Supporting Children from Birth to Reception

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 Help Process should be started.  This can…

When Your Child is Identified with Special Educational Needs

When an Early Years Practitioner has identified that your child needs extra help and support, a discussion will take place with the SENCO (special educational needs co-ordinator) in your child's school/setting.  You should be informed at an early stage and your knowledge and views taken…
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