Early Years and Childcare
Early Years and Childcare Services
It is vital that children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their families have access to services as early as possible. At the Early Years stage identification is usually through a health agency (e.g. health visitor or paediatrician). Once identified, and with the parent's consent, information about the child is passed to the Inclusion Support (Early Years) Team which can provide specialist advice, support and guidance to families and settings. The team can also support with transition into school and with securing funding for additional support in an early years setting.
Securing childcare for children with SEND can be challenging. Click here to find out about how childcare providers should be meeting the needs of children with SEND. You may be entitled to financial support with childcare costs or be entitled to a free childcare place for 15 hours a week if your child is aged 2,3 or 4. Many services for children in the Early Years stage are provided through Children's Centres. Click here to find out what services are on offer and where to find your nearest Children's Centre.
Some of the services you may require will be provided by our health partners. For more details of the health services that are available in Sandwell please refer to the Health section of the Local Offer.
If you need help with caring for your child please refer to the Early Help and Care section of the Local Offer
The Family Information Service provides information on all aspects of childcare for children and young peope up to the age of 19. It also holds the Children and Young People with a Disability Register. Registering gives you access to further information and the twice yearly Sunshine Newsletter. Click here to find out about the benefits of registering.