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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

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

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