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Winners of the National Association of Family Information Service (NAFIS) Coram Family and Childcare award for Best Local Offer 2022, voted by parent champions.

SEND childcare and early years

SEND and childcare

All childcare providers must:

  • give children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) the same opportunities as any other child
  • not charge more money to look after children with SEND
  • make reasonable adjustments so that children with SEND can use their services
  • follow statutory guidance called the SEND code of practice: 0 to 25 years to provide support to children who have special educational needs. Chapter 5 is for early years providers.

Types of local childcare providers

Local childcare providers for children aged 0 to 5 with SEND include:

  • day nurseries which are registered with Ofsted and offer morning to early evening care that is suitable for working parents, where your child is looked after with a group of children
  • preschools which are registered with Ofsted and normally follow school hours (for example, 9 am to 3 pm), but some run for longer hours and offer breakfast and after school clubs
  • nannies who care for your child in your home
  • childminders who are registered with Ofsted and care for your child in their home, often with a small group of children
  • school nurseries and nursery schools which are registered with Ofsted and normally follow school hours (for example, 9 am to 3 pm), but some run for longer hours and offer breakfast and after school clubs

Use our directory to find local childcare:

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Choosing a childcare provider

To choose the right childcare, you should ask if a provider has:

You should also:

  • visit the provider before signing up, to make sure their building has the right facilities for your child
  • check if the staff are trained to work with children with SEND
  • Check the settings local offer which can be found when you search for a childcare provider on the Family Information Service Directory.