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Becoming a Childminder

The Early Years Team offers information and support to childminders and home child carers in Cumbria.  They can offer advice and guidance for all prospective childminders and home child carers.  Support for childminders who wish to receive 2, 3 and 4 year old funding and…

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 Years Provider Information

Coronavirus (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…

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…
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