If you feel that your child may have special educational needs or disabilities (SEND), there are lots of places where you can get support. If you are worried about any aspect of your child’s development it may be helpful to talk to your health visitor, GP or someone at your local children’s centre. If your child attends an early education setting, such as a day nursery, pre–school or childminder, or has started at school, you could speak to your child’s key person or teacher.
How to search for information:
- Use the purple 'view all 0-5 years Local Offer services' box on the right and then narrow your results for example by category, your location or your child's needs.
- Use the 'search for specific information' toolbar at the top of the page and enter a keyword. For example to search for an early years setting or childminder, enter the name of the setting as a keyword or
- You can click on one of the quick links below.
Quick links to service listings and advice and guidance
- The SEND support offered by early years settings (nurseries, pre-schools and childminders) and schools in the local area. Each provider's Local Offer is included as a document at the end of their listing. Click on the quick links here to find an early years provider, find a childminder or find a school
- Sources of advice about finding appropriate childcare including support from RBWM Early Years Team
- Free Early Education and Childcare for some 2 year olds and Free Entitlement to Nursery Education for 3 and 4 year olds.
- Progress checks in the Early Years Foundation Stage and health development reviews.
- Programmes to support to help young children's learning and development in the home.
- Various health services provided by Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust including health visiting services, specialist community paediatricians and the Children & Young People’s Integrated Therapies Service (CYPIT).
- The Multi-agency Assessment Group for young children with additional needs
- Children’s Centres activities and support including Speech and Language drop-in sessions, sensory sessions, and the Look and Listen Group for children with ASD.
- Help provided by the Children and Young People Disability Service including support from Family Workers
- Leisure activities for young children in the area and short breaks.
- Advice and support services including the Information, Advice and Support (IAS) Service
- Parent support groups, courses and training for parents of young children.