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15 hours free early education and childcare for 3 and 4-year-olds

All three and four-year-old children are entitled to a free universal early education place.  Each place provides 15 hours of early years education for up to 38 weeks per year.  However, this universal entitlement is flexible and can be accessed over a minimum of three days per week (this…

15 hours free early learning for 2-year-olds

Is your family living on a low income or claiming income based benefits? Does your two year old have additional needs, or have they left care? You may be entitled to claim free childcare up to a maximum of 15 hours during term time, or 11…

30 hours free early education and childcare for 3 and 4-year-olds (extended entitlement)

All three and four-year-old children are entitled to a universal early education place, which provides up to 570 hours of free nursery education per year.  Further information can be found here Children in some families will now be entitled to an additional 15 hours of…

Accessibility Strategy

The Council is required under the Equality Act 2010 to have an accessibility strategy in which it promotes better access for disabled pupils at school. This duty predates the Children and Families Act which means that the activities to ensure effective and timely support for…

Accessible transport options

There are any accessible transport options for or children and young people that do not meet the criteria for travel assistance but still require assistance with their home to school travel. Please see below for more information on the accessible transport options, schemes and journey…

Additional ‘top up’ funding for children and young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan

What is top-up funding? When pupils have special educational needs, their school (or college) uses their existing budgets to put in place any extra help that is needed which isn’t already available through a central service.  When the cost of extra help reaches £6,000 a…

Applying for and choosing schools if your child has special educational needs

Drawn by Callum, age 8 Most children with special educational needs can be taught in mainstream schools. If your child has more severe or complex needs they may need to go to a special school or school with a special unit.   Applying for school…

Approaches used in the Bi-borough to support with autism

The Bi-borough uses a team made up of a wide range of professionals to support a personalised approach for meeting a child with autism’s individual support needs. Over the years, a number of teaching approaches have been proposed. These include interventions that target specific areas. These…

Assessing children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities

Children with special educational needs (SEN) have needs or disabilities that affect their ability to learn. Special educational needs aren't always a lifelong problem. Some children only need support for a short time. Just because your child is learning more slowly than others doesn't mean…

Assessment of SEN

Your child may need an Education, Health and Care needs assessment if the extra support they are receiving is not helping or they have severe or complex needs. If the assessment is agreed, your child will be issued with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).…

Assessment request forms related to the Education, Health and Care process

Assessment request forms related to the Education Health and Care (EHC) plan process: EHC Education Setting Request Form EHC Parent Carer Request Form EHC Social Care request for professional advice EHC Professional Information and Advice form  All About Me Form / Template

Autism Zone

I am... A parent wondering if my child is autistic A parent of an autistic child An autistic young person Interested in Autism Training

Babysitters

A babysitter is someone who temporarily cares for children on behalf of their parents or guardians. Babysitters are generally responsible for planning activities (games, sports, art) or supervising play dates. However, some babysitters will have other responsibilities such as cooking, feeding, transportation and helping with…

Bi-borough Childcare and Early Education Service

                                          Our responsibilities include: providing information and guidance to parents and families about Westminster’s children’s services providing access to children’s centres to families across the city raising the quality across early years provision ensuring the implementation of the early years foundation stage, including initiatives to improve…

Bi-borough inclusion for disabled children

As part of the Short Breaks offer, you might decide that your child would like to access a mainstream provision for their Short Break.  The Bi-borough (Kensington & Chelsea, and Westminster) employ an Inclusion Officer who can help you with this process.  For pricing and…

Bi-borough Sensory Impairment Support Service consultation

8 March 2019 - Update - Consultation Report Thanks to all those who took part in the consultation, which is now closed. The final report is now available via this link. For any further comments, feedback or suggestions on the proposal, this report or the future…

Bi-borough Short Breaks Parenting Programme

The Bi-borough Short Breaks Service offers a range of parenting support groups and training for parent/carers. Please look at our training calendar which lists all upcoming courses and workshops. Please see the below links for online videos you can do with your child or young…

Boost your child's speech, language and communication with Hungry Little Minds

Hungry Little Minds is the new Department for Education campaign empowering parents and carers to engage their children (aged 0-5) in positive activities and behaviours that will boost their communication, language and literacy development. The three-year campaign recognises the massive impact parents have on their…

Changes to primary school assessment for pupils with the most complex needs

The Department for Education (DfE) has announced that, from 2020, primary school pupils with the most complex needs will have their attainment measured using a new approach better able to reflect their progress.  A limitation of the ‘P scales’, currently used for all students in…

Changes to the powers of the SEND Tribunal

What is the National Trial? The Government are extending the powers of the First-tier Tribunal (SEND), sometimes referred to as the ‘SEND Tribunal’, to make non-binding recommendations about the health and social care aspects of Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans as part of a…

Childcare Sufficiency Assessment (CSA)

A Childcare Sufficiency Assessment (CSA) is an assessment of existing childcare provision in the borough, mapping supply of, demand for and gaps in the childcare market. The Childcare Act 2006 places a legal duty on local authorities to secure sufficient childcare (so far as is…

Children's Centres

Drawn by Safa, age 7Children’s centres are a one-stop-shop for families with young children. Our aim is to provide you with information, advice, guidance and support to help you and your children to be School Ready, Healthy Adults, Healthy Children, Confident Parents and provide skills…

Choosing childcare for children with SEND

All parents have a lot to think about when choosing childcare for their child. For parents of children who may have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), the process can be particularly challenging. Visiting multiple childcare providers to get a sense of the support they…

College Open Days 2019-20

When you are thinking about moving on from school to sixth form or college, it can be a good idea to go and see the new setting to make sure it is right for you. and that is able to meet your needs. Open Days…

Common SEND needs explained

There are lots of reasons for a child or young person to have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). On this page, you can find information on the most common causes across the Bi-Borough.  Click on one of the links below to read about what…
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