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Early Education & Childcare

Good quality childcare is beneficial for all children. It can play a hugely important role in your child's development, allowing them to become independent, to mix with other children and learn new things. But choosing the right childcare can be a difficult decision for every parent, particularly if your child has a special educational need or disability (SEND). For more information click here.

Childcare Funding

All 3 and 4 year old children are entitled to free early education and childcare places for up to 15 hours per week during term time. The free provision starts the term after their 3rd birthday.

There are also two schemes that enable you to extend these places to 30 hours of free early education for 3 and 4 year olds.

Some 2 year olds are also eligible for 15 hours per week, free early education and childcare. See more here

  • You can find out more about children's centres and childcare by clicking here.




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All Ofsted-registered childcare such as childminders, nurseries, pre-schools and school nursery classes must have arrangements in place to support children with SEND. Group providers will have a SENCO who will work with staff, parents and other services.

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Children's development

As a starting you may find the Parent's Guide to What to Expect When helpful.

You can also view the NHS interactive guide to child development from birth to five years old which includes videos and advice for parents.

Support after receiving a diagnosis

If you'd like to talk to someone who has first-hand experience of a child with SEND contact Camden Special Parents Forum who can offer emotional and practical support for parent carers.

For information, advice and support on any element of your child's SEND contact Camden SENDIASS (Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service) by calling 0207 974 6264. 

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