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SEND - early years 0-5 and childcare

Information about the Early Years Inclusion Fund can be found on the Schools Information Portal. Please scroll down to the SEND Funding tab.

The next Early Years Inclusion Fund panels are:

  • For 2 year olds: Wednesday 5 May 2021 (the deadline for applications is Wednesday 28 April 2021 at 5pm)
  • For 3 year olds: Tuesday 18 May 2021 (the deadline for applications is Tuesday 11 May 2021 at 5pm)

Please take the time to read through the information on the Schools Information Portal and familiarise yourself with the Request Form. If a child in your school/ setting has an EHC Plan you should not apply for funding from EYIF.

School SENCOs are familiar with the E3 process for requesting additional funding for children with an EHCP. From 1 April 2020 PVI settings will also need to use the E3 process to apply for funding for children with an EHCP. The E3 request form is also now available to PVI settings and can be found on the SIP.

PVI setting SENCOS who would like some support with the new forms should contact their link practitioner from the Early Intervention Team.

If a claim gets put in for a child splitting childcare across more than one provider and one provider is funded and the other isn’t the provider in receipt of funding will take priority and receive the whole allocation of EYIF.

If a claim gets put in for a child splitting childcare across more than one provider and one provider is funded and the other isn’t the provider in receipt of funding will take priority and receive the whole allocation of EYIF.

Using childcare can have huge benefits for children within their learning and development. For you as a parent using good quality childcare means you can have that time back to work or just have a break.

To find childcare options that are available in Derby please search our Childcare Directory to find childcare near you. If you cannot find details of a childcare provider please do let us know, you can find our contact details at the bottom of this webpage.

You may find that finding the most suitable childcare for you is difficult for some reason such as:

  • Your child has specialist requirements for childcare due to their Special Educational Needs or Disabilities.
  • You require childcare out of regular school hours or in holiday times.
  • You require before or after school collections from a specific school.
  • There is a limited amount of childcare in your area and there are no spaces available.

The Families Information Service provide a free Brokerage Service that can support parents/carers who are struggling to find suitable childcare. 

There are a number of options that can help with paying the cost of childcare for your child.

Funded Childcare for Two Year Olds  - The term after a child turns two they may be eligible for 15 hours a week of funded childcare based on the family income. If the child is in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) they will be eligible for that reason alone. 

Funded Childcare for Three and Four Year Olds - The term after a child turns 3, they are entitled to 15 hours of funded childcare, this is a universal offer and there is no criteria to meet. Children can use their funded childcare with a registered provider such as:

  • Childminders
  • Day nursery
  • Pre school 
  • Play group
  • School nurseries

For more options on paying for childcare, visit the Childcare Choices website that highlights all of your options.

Derby has many children's centres across the city offering support in children's early life ages 0 to 8 years.

Children’s centres also work closely with other early years settings, offering training and support to improve childcare services.

For more information about Derby's children’s centres, please contact Derby Family Information Service on 01332 640758 or visit the children's centre page.

Many disabled children and young people say that leisure and play – after school, in the holidays and at weekends – is the most important missing element in their lives. Parents strive to make opportunities for these but often find many unnecessary barriers, including a basic lack of information about what’s available.

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Contact has created a guide to Holidays Play and Leisure. It provides some information about what play, leisure, and short breaks options may be available, and where to find more information. It also has information about arranging holidays for disabled children and details of organisations which provide grants for these types of activities.

Your child's early years are a very important time for their physical, emotional, and social development. If you are worried there is a problem you should get advice straightaway. If your child is not yet at school or going to an early education setting, you can talk to your doctor or health visitor who will be able to give you advice. 

To help you keep a record of your child’s condition, we have created three useful toolkits that you can go through with your child. Simply select pages that you think are relevant to your child. You do not need to fill out every page.

These pages can be taken to your GP or shown to your health visitor as evidence of your concerns. They can be used just to gauge how your child is feeling on a particular day. We understand that as parents, you meet a lot of people to discuss your child’s needs and often have to repeat information.

Babies and toddlers should not be left to watch TV or other screens, according to new World Health Organization guidelines.

These guidelines come from studying youngsters being placed in front of a TV or computer screen or handed a tablet or mobile phone for entertainment.

The advice is aimed at tackling child inactivity, a leading risk factor for obesity-related ill health.

For babies:

  • Be physically active several times a day, including at least 30 minutes' "tummy time" - lying on their front
  • No sedentary screen time
  • 14-17 hours' sleep a day, including naps, for newborns - reducing to 12-16 by four to 11 months
  • Should not be restrained (ie strapped into a recliner, seat or sling) for more than an hour at a time

For one- and two-year-olds:

  • At least three hours' physical activity a day
  • No sedentary screen time for one-year-olds and less than an hour for two-year-olds
  • 11-14 hours' sleep a day, including naps
  • Should not be restrained for more than an hour at a time or sit for extended periods of time

For three- and four-year-olds:

  • At least three hours' physical activity a day, including at least one of moderate or vigorous intensity
  • Up to an hour of sedentary screen time - less is better
  • 10-13 hours' sleep a day, which may include a nap
  • Should not be restrained for more than an hour at a time or sit for extended periods of time

You may also want to talk to Derby SEND Information Advice and Support Service. They provide free, legally-based impartial,confidential and accessible information, advice and support for children,young people and parents/carers covering Special Educational Needs(SEN), Disabilities, Health and Social Care.

All childcare providers have a special educational needs coordinator (SENCo). They will talk to you about your child’s needs and how the setting can support them. It's their responsibility to coordinate support for your child in the setting and to work alongside other professionals. SENCo's should ensure that all the needs of your child are planned for in advance and that you are kept informed with all decisions.

Specialist Teaching and Psychology Service (STePS)

STePS is made up of two teams:

  • Advisory Teachers Team
  • Educational Psychologists

Advisory Teachers, Advisors and Specialist HLTAs provide support and advice for children and young people with sensory impairment, physical impairment and social communication and autism spectrum disorders. Early Intervention Practitioners provide advice and support for pre-school children with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities and their parents.

The Educational Psychology Service (EPS) provides a wide range of services to help the People’s Services department with identifying and meeting the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) of children and young people aged 0-25. This includes working with educational settings to support a graduated response‌‌‌‌ to special educational needs provision and advising on statutory support as part of an education, health and care needs assessment.

To contact the STePS Team, telephone 01332 641400 or email stepsadmin@derby.gov.uk