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.
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.
All 3 and 4-year-olds are entitled to up to 15 hours per week of free childcare / education during term time. An additional 15 hours is available for working parents if they meet the criteria.
Some 2-year-olds are also entitled to up to 15 hours per week if they meet the criteria. To find out more about the criteria and how to apply for 2 year old funding click on our Time for Twos; 3 & 4 year funded places
Parents can now apply for a number of schemes, including the 30 hours free childcare, through Childcare Choices.
These specialist early years settings are maintained by Dudley council:
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.