Childcare for children with special needs and disabilities

Finding childcare

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

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There are also some specialist childcare providers, and other accessible activities

Additional support in childcare

Childcare providers are required by the Equality Act 2010 to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ including ‘auxilary 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, and they can get advice and additional funding from the Specialist Early Years Service

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