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30 hours free childcare for working families

So what is the free childcare deal? In a nutshell, many working parents of 3 to 4-year-olds in England will be eligible for 30 hours of free childcare - rather than the current 15 hours. But the first thing you need to know is that…

4-in-1 pre-school booster: FAQs

Who should have the vaccination? Why is IPV (inactivated polio vaccine) used rather than OPV (oral polio vaccine), which was used in the past? Can you get polio from the polio part of this vaccine? What is the difference between dTaP/IPV and DTaP/IPV? How do we…

Are you hoping to go to college in September? (Local Offer)

This page includes COVID-19 information for SEND young adults who are transitioning to college in September. Here is a document with everything that is on this webpage. What help is available? Ask your school or college SENCO and careers advisers about how they can help you decide…

Assessment and Education, Health and Care plans (Local Offer)

Assessment and Education Health and Care Plans The SEND Code of Practice 2015 is very clear in its advice that the majority of children and young people with SEN or disabilities will have their needs met within local early years settings, schools or post 16…

Autism (Local Offer)

Autism Autism or Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) is a term used to describe a group of lifelong, neurodevelopmental conditions marked by how a person with autism interacts socially, how they communicate and patterns of restricted, stereotyped or repetitive behaviour they may have. It is a…

Autism in children

Autism can normally be diagnosed in children at around the age of two. In many cases, professional health workers may spot the signs of autism during normal childhood health checks, and this may lead to the child being formally diagnosed. If you think your child may have autism, ask your…

Autism misconceptions

Whether it's at school, work or in social settings, people with autism are often misunderstood. They often suffer discrimination, intolerance and isolation, resulting in many feeling excluded from everyday society. In an attempt to understand the reasons behind this, The National Autistic Society (NAS) commissioned research…

Autism: the facts

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability. On its own, autism is not a learning disability or a mental health problem. But some people with autism have an accompanying learning disability, learning difficulty or mental health problem. Autism is a spectrum condition. This means that while all people with…

Baby and toddler play ideas

Ideas to help your child play and learn You can give your child lots of different opportunities to play, and it doesn't need to be difficult or expensive. Look at books and sing songs and nursery rhymes with your child. It's fun and will help…

Baby and toddler safety

Each year 40,000 under-fives are admitted to hospital following accidents, and lots of these accidents are preventable. Here's how to protect your baby or toddler from some of the commonest accidents that affect young children. Choking Suffocation Strangulation Falls in babies Falls in toddlers Poisoning Burns…
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