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Tax-Free Childcare

The Tax-Free Childcare offer is a scheme  launched by the Government alongside the additional 15 hours free childcare for working parents. This scheme is designed to help working families with their childcare costs. Visit the government's Childcare Choices page for more information. Please note that by…

Tell us how we can make it easier to get a job, develop skills or start a business

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea wants to hear from you about what we could do to make it easier to get paid work, develop skills or start a business. The feedback received will help to develop the Borough's Economy Strategy which will include…

Tell us your experience of the EHCP process

Kensington and Chelsea Council is participating in a national survey to find out how well Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) support local children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities to achieve positive outcomes. The survey is called the Personal Outcomes Evaluation…

Therapy, nursing and personal care in colleges

Since the Children and Families Act (2014) was introduced, many more young people with complex needs have chosen to go to college and to study for longer. To help their new learners, who have learning difficulties as well as extra health and care needs, colleges…

Things to do

Drawn by Zainab, age 14Getting out and about, taking part in activities, using leisure services, attending clubs and visiting free open spaces can make a huge difference to your child, young person, family and friends. Use this page to find something that is available near…

A trailblazer to improve mental health provision in schools

This World Mental Health Day, we turn our spotlight on the exciting trailblazer project currently underway in Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea to bring children and young people (aged 5-25 years) who attend local schools access to strengthened support for their low and moderate mental…

Training and support for schools and settings

This page brings together council-commissioned training options for schools and settings in Kensington & Chelsea relevant to supporting children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).   View the sections below to find out more about the different training packages that are available. …

Training to help support children and young people with autism

  Training for Parents: Parents' Autism Awareness Course (PAAC) Bi-borough Autism Advisory Team (AEYIT) provide regular Parent's Autism Awareness Courses (PAACs) to provide information and practical strategies for the families of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).  The team run separate PAACs for parents of children…

Transferring between stages of education if your child has an EHCP

What is phase transfer? When a child or young person moves from one stage of education to another, this is called a phase transfer. Phase transfers happens whenever a child or young person makes the following transitions in their educational journey: early years setting to school infant…

Transition for Autism (and other neurodevelopmental disorders) Project (TAP)

The Transition for Autism (and other neurodevelopmental disorders) Project (TAP) ensures that children and young people known to have complex needs by mental health services (e.g. CAMHS, NT, EIT) are linked into transition to adulthood pathways earlier. This allows appropriate assessments and support to be…

Transition to Adulthood - reflections from parents

We know that the processes of transitioning from Children's Services to Adult Social Care can be a daunting time. We hope that these two videos from local parents who have recently gone through this process are helpful. Lesly highlights the importance of starting your planning…

Travel Care and Support Service – Home to School Travel Assistance

Important notice: Please send all referral forms/application forms to travelassistance@rbkc.gov.uk What is Home to School Travel Assistance? Home to school travel assistance exists to support children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities who may find it difficult to travel to school or college…

Types of educational setting and how they support children with special educational needs and/or disabilities

Drawn by Nico, age 6Across the Bi-borough, there are various types of schools and settings. These each provide support to children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) in different ways. The type of school or setting which is best-suited to a…

WellComm

The Bi-borough is proud to deepen its commitment to ensuring 'Brilliant Beginnings' for all young children.  It is recognised in the Early Years Foundation Stage 2021, that spoken language underpins all areas of learning as well as improving life chances for all children.   With this in…

What happens if a child/young person is missing school due to illness?

What is the medical needs policy? This policy sets out the Local Authority’s and schools’ responsibilities together with what our partners in the Local Area will do, to provide full time education for children of compulsory school age who, because of illness, or long term…

What is a Designated Medical Officer (DMO)?

Designated Medical Officer (DMO) / Designated Clinical Officer (DCO) for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) The purpose of the role is to co-ordinate and improve health SEND planning and practice within the local area.  The post-holder is employed by the CCG.   Duties of this function…

What is a Short Break

What are Short Breaks? Short breaks enable disabled children, young people and adults to have time away from their carers, explore new opportunities, have fun and broaden their social networks whilst promoting independence. They can provide families with an opportunity to have a break from…

What is alternative provision?

When a child or young person is unable to access mainstream school for reasons including school exclusion, behavioural issues, or illness, education outside of school will be arranged. This education is called alternative provision. Alternative provision may be arranged by: The local authority, when a…

What is an Education, Health and Care Plan?

The Children and Families Act puts children and young people at the centre of the assessment and planning process so that outcomes are co-produced with parents/carers and/or with young people themselves; 16 to 25 year olds should be especially involved with this. Education, health and care (EHC) plans are are legal…

What is Autism?

Autism is a lifelong condition that affects the way a person perceives the world, how they behave and how they interact with other people. Autism is a spectrum condition which means that not all people will be affected in the same way. While autism will…

What is Participation?

“Participation is having opportunities to be part of decisions that are important to you and may lead to changes”. Definition created by young people at the SEND Young People’s National Conference, 2019. You have the right to be involved in things that matter to you. The law says you…

What is the Quality and Outcomes Framework?

The Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) is a way the NHS rewards GPs for delivering good practice. It works by rating GP performance in several key areas related to quality care and health outcomes. For example, GP practices gain points for keeping a list of…

What SEN support may include

If a school or nursery decides your child has SEN they will write an SEN support plan. This plan identifies your child's needs, the action needed and planned outcomes. However, if your child's needs are severe or complex they may go straight to the next step…

What should a school do to support children/young people with medical conditions?

All schools should have a Medical Conditions Policy which states how the school will support children with medical conditions. This should include the procedures for getting the right care, the training in place and who is responsible for making sure the policy is carried out.…

What support will my child with SEND get from childcare providers?

Early years’ providers are legally required to support children with SEND. This is specified in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework which sets standards in a child’s care up to compulsory school age. The EYFS requires that all children have the same opportunities in…
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