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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.

Early years provision

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.

Specialist early years provision

These specialist early years settings are maintained by Dudley council:

Brockmoor specialist nursery

Who are we?

We are Brockmoor Specialist nursery part of the Specialist Early Years Service. A nursery for children with severe and complex special educational needs. Currently 10 children in the morning and 10 children in the afternoon.

What do we do?

We deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum differentiated to meet the individual needs of children attending.

A detailed ongoing assessment of the child's needs forms the basis for the Education, Health and Care plan. 
We work closely with speech therapy.

We are currently based within Brockmoor Primary School.

How do you refer or access the service/provision?

Access is strictly through the Specialist Early Years Service following a detailed assessment of need.  Anyone can refer to the service.

What happens next?

If offered a place parents visit and the staff make a home visit. The children then attend for either four mornings or four afternoons per week.

Age ranges: 2-5

Term Time Only Service: Yes

Does it cost?

No

For further information please contact:

Telephone Number: 01384 814364

Address: The Mere Education Centre, Lawnswood Road, Wordsley, West Midlands DY8 5PQ

Email address: SEYS@dudley.gov.uk

Leapfrog nursery

Who are we?

We are Leapfrog Nursery. Part of the Specialist Early Years Service.  A nursery for children with complex communication needs including ASD. Currently 8 children in the morning and 8 children in the afternoon.

What do we do?

We deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum differentiated to meet the individual needs of children attending. The children spend some time in the Leapfrog room but are also supported to access the main nursery.

A detailed on-going assessment of the child's needs forms the basis for the Education, Health and Care plan.  We work closely with speech therapy.

We are currently based within Netherton Park Nursery School.

How do you refer or access the service/provision?

Access is strictly through the Specialist Early Years Service following a detailed assessment of need.  Anyone can refer to the service.

What happens next?

If offered a place parents visit and the staff make a home visit. The children then attend for either four mornings or four afternoons per week.

Age ranges: 2-5

Term Time Only Service: Yes

Does it cost?

No

For further information please contact:

Telephone Number: 01384 814364
Address: The Mere Education Centre, Lawnswood Road, Wordsley, West Midlands DY8 5PQ
Email address: SEYS@dudley.gov.uk

Enhanced nurseries

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.

Disability Access Fund

Childcare providers have a legal duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure they support the equity of access of all children to their provision under the Equality Act 2010.

We are committed to ensuring that all children have equal access to early learning and as part of this commitment, we are implementing a government initiative called Disability Access Funding (DAF). The fund is for early years and childcare providers/schools with three and four year olds who are in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) in their own right and taking up Early Education Funding (EEF).

DAF will be paid directly to the child’s early years and childcare setting/school at a fixed sum of £615.00 per child per anniversary year. This funding should be used by the child’s setting to purchase resources/equipment or additional support for your child.

Please be advised that if children are splitting their free entitlement across two or more settings; parents are required to nominate the setting to whom they wish the payment to be made. This is usually the setting where the child is accessing the majority of their free entitlement, as this funding cannot be split with another setting.

Parents will be required to provide proof of receipt of Disability Living Allowance for their child to the local authority.

Early Years Inclusion Fund (EYIF)

Under the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Code of Practice (2015) and Equality Act (2010), Early Years providers should identify individual children’s needs to help them learn and support them to progress well. The Early Years Inclusion Fund is for two, three and four year old children in school nurseries or private and voluntary settings including childminders, who are accessing their early education entitlement.