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Childcare for children with special needs and disabilities

Finding childcare

The East Sussex Community Information Service (ESCIS) directory gives information about how each childcare provider supports children with additional needs.

Childcare for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

See the Coram Family and Childcare guide for parents

There are also some specialist childcare providers, and other accessible activities on the East Sussex Local Offer information website, and the 1Space directory

Additional support in childcare

Childcare providers are required by the Equality Act 2010 to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ including ‘auxiliary aids and services’ to ensure that disabled children are not disadvantaged.

Early years providers and schools may use their Pupil Premium funding to support additional activities for children with special needs, such as breakfast or after school clubs.

Childcare providers who offer education to children under five (nurseries and some childminders) must use their ‘best endeavours' to arrange special educational support that a child needs. They can get advice and additional funding.

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