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Childcare and Early Years

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

Cumbria Support Groups

Cumbria Local Parent & Family Support Groups Parent & 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…

Early Help

Early Help is the response made when a professional identifies unmet needs with a child/family and works with other agencies to meet those needs. At this level of need an Early Help Assessment - Signs of Well-being and Success (EHA) should be completed with the…

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…

Support for Parent and Carers

A range of support is available for parents and carers who have children with SEND: Support Groups There are a wide range of groups and forums, both locally and nationally, offering support, information and advice.  The page to our support groups page can be found…

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…
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