The Local Authority has a duty to ensure there are sufficient childcare places to meet the individual needs for all children and young adults with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) between the ages of 0-18 yrs.
Sheffield City Council actively promotes equality and inclusion for children and young people by working to remove barriers of access to early education and childcare. This is done by working with parents to give each child support to fulfil their potential.
All childcare funded providers who deliver 2, 3 and 4 year old free early learning places are encouraged to identify a provision-based Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO). Childminders may identify their network co-ordinator as SENCO. Providers are also requested to ensure their staff teams receive training as appropriate to meet the needs of children with more complex needs, and to ensure that children receive appropriate interventions incorporating a ‘team around the child’ approach to ensure joined up working.
To ensure they get the best possible start all SEN and disabled children are now entitled to a 2 year FEL place for up to 15 hours a week and each child is offered individual support to help them access a suitable place at the provider of their choice.