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About the Sheffield Directory

Sheffield City Council has an obligation to publish details of services across Sheffield. This includes "Local Offer"services for children with special educational needs and disabilities, Children and Familiy services and Adult Social Care services. The Directory gives you Sheffield's care, health and education services, events and activities in…

Advice and Information (Local Offer)

Sheffield SEN & Disability Information Advice and Support (SSENDIAS) You and your family can get information, advice or support from SSENDIAS - Sheffield SEN & Disability Information Advice and Support (formerly Parent Partnership Service). SSENDIAS provides impartial, confidential information, advice and support on issues relating…

Childcare funding for children with SEND

Free early learning For two-year-olds: Two-year-olds qualify for 570 hours of free childcare per year if they receive Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or have an Education Health and Care (EHC) plan. Some two-year-olds may also qualify if your family claims certain state benefits, for example Income…

Courses for parents and carers

Here are some examples of where you and your family can get some training to better understand and support a child with additional needs. This list is just a start. It includes some common areas of concern for families. Please note: The information on this…

Direct payments for childcare

The Special Needs Inclusion Playcare Service (SNIPS) can provide you the option of receiving a direct payment if you would prefer to employ a Personal Assistant (PA) to meet your childcare needs. However, please note that there is no legal requirement for SNIPS to provide…

Direct payments for social care needs

A direct payment is money that is given to you and your family by a public body (like the local authority) as an alternative to a service. You can then use this money to buy support for your child – for example, by employing a…

Disagreement resolution

Disagreement resolution can help parents and young people resolve disagreements with their local authority or their nursery, school or college. It covers all children and young people with any kind of SEN – you don’t need an EHC plan. Taking part is voluntary for all…

Funded Early Learning

Government funded childcare is available for all 3 and 4 year olds, and eligible 2 year olds. All eligible children are entitled to at least 570 hours of funded childcare each year.  In Sheffield we call this Funded Early Learning or FEL. FEL helps children…

How to access Council education and social care services

This document is primarily aimed at professionals. It provides a summary of the pathways to Council-run education and social care services for children and young people with SEND.  Please see How to access health services for information about referral pathways to NHS services. Last reviewed:…

How to access health services

Schools and other education providers can help in getting a diagnosis for health problems observed in their setting. The following provides details on how to access different health services. It explains what might prompt a referral, who can make the referral and what the service…
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