Childcare and Early Years

Childcare for families with disabled children

Families with disabled children often find it difficult to access the free childcare that is by law available to all 3 and 4 year olds, and some eligible 2 year olds.

The Children and Families Act 2014 and the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice aim to give disabled children and children and with special educational needs greater support, choice and opportunities. Local Authorities must work with parents to ensure that appropriate provision is in place to enable each child to flourish.

You can download (PDF 480.3KB) a guide on how families with disabled children can access free childcare for 2 to 4 year olds.

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