It is vital that children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their families have access to services as early as possible.
Our aim is to provide the best start in life for every child across the borough by supporting families and educational settings to understand children’s development and needs, in a holistic way by offering advice, training and specialist strategies and resources.
The EYFS framework sets the standards that all Ofsted-registered early years providers, and schools offering early years provision, must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. This includes ongoing assessment of children’s progress.
Early years providers and educational settings should have arrangements in place that include a clear approach to assessing SEN. This should be part of the setting’s overall approach to monitoring the progress and development of all children. Many nurseries offer enhanced provision to children with special needs, others offer a specialist service where the child would be unable to attend a mainstream nursery.
An enhanced nursery is the name given to a mainstream nursery that has extra provision for children with additional educational needs.
Each setting is supported by members of the Specialist Early Years Service. A specialist teaching assistant will work alongside the usual nursery staff. Their role is to support the children throughout the session and work on targeted learning needs. A specialist teacher will visit twice a week to work alongside the staff and children. They will offer support and advice for the nursery staff and monitor the child's progress.
Specialist early years settings maintained by Dudley council:
Dudley's Family Information Service directory contains lots of information about childcare settings, local family support organisations and leisure facilities in and around the Dudley Borough. You can also use our local offer database to search for settings for children with SEND.
To find out more about free childcare schemes, eligibility and how to apply please visit our Early Years and Childcare pages.