Children and young people who have a special educational need and/or disability (SEND) may need some additional help in order to achieve their full potential. Children with SEND are generally supported with resources available to early years settings, schools and colleges. Some children with very severe and long term needs may require an Education, Health and Care Plan issued by the Local Authority (previously known as a Statement of Special Educational Needs). Early Years settings, schools and further education colleges in the West Berkshire area have been asked to answer some questions about how they support children with SEND. Their answers are published here and are known as their Local Offer. You can also find information in this section about procedures for statutory Education, Health and Care assessments
Education and Learning
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. These places can be taken up at either an approved nursery, pre-school, or some childminders who are registered with the LA as a funded provider.
Early Years Provision
All early years settings (including nurseries, pre schools and childminders) which are registered with Ofsted have to follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. As part of this, early years settings are required to have in place arrangements to support children with SEN and disabilities.…
Education Other Than At School (EOTAS)
Education Other Than at School The two main reasons children receive an education outside the mainstream school system There are two main reasons why a child may not be educated in an educational setting – e.g. Mainstream school, Special School, Pupil Referral Unit (PRU), privately…
Home Education Service
Home Education Service: If your child is not able to attend his or her educational placement due to reasons that would put your child or others at harm if they attended (e.g. an extended hospital stay, severe and complex medical conditions, exclusion from school, etc.)…
Local Offer Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions here for your use, if there is anything you wish to ask which is not covered here and you cannot find the information you are looking for on our website then please do not hesitate to…
Teaching your child everyday skills
When children play, they're learning what they want to learn. Often these will be things you want them to learn, too. Sometimes, though, your child may need some extra help from you to learn the necessary skills they'll need throughout their lives. For example, these skills…
'How I help improve student mental health'
University students undergo big transitions, which can affect their mental health. Dr Luke Jefferies describes his work as a mental health adviser helping students through these difficulties. "In the 65 years since the NHS was founded, attitudes to mental health, including student mental health, have dramatically changed,"…
What is an Out of School Club?
An Out of School Club: Provides out of school care for school aged children They are required to register with Ofsted if they provide care for children under 8 years of age, for more than two hours per day and more than 6 days per year. They can…
What Special Schools Should Provide
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What is a Childminder?
Childminders: Look after children in their own homes, Required to register with Ofsted Can look after 6 children under the age of 8 years, 3 of which can be under 5 and 1 of which can be under 1 at any one time (permission can…
What is an Au Pair or Nanny?
An Au Pair Is not usually a trained childcare professional. Is ususally a student from outside of the UK. Usually come to study and to improve their English. Are employed by you. Are a suitable affordable option for out of school care for older children. Must be…
What is a Pre-school (Playgroup)?
A Pre-school (sometimes referred to a a playgroup) Offers short sessional care on a term time only basis. Some provide wrap around care or extended hours for a longer day at an additional charge. Care for children aged from 2 to 5 years old. Must…
What is a Day Nursery?
Day Nurseries are: Open between the hours of 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday all year round (excluding Bank Holidays). Required to register with Ofsted. Access free entitlement funding for 2,3 & 4 year olds. Offer part time and full time care. Inspected by Ofsted to ensure…
Education, Health and Care Assessment Criteria
Education, Health and Care Assessment Criteria This document explains the criteria which will be used to assess whether a child or young person needs to undergo an Education, Health and Care Assessment. Education, Health and Care Assessment Process This flow chart shows the Education, Health…
What is the 2 Year Old Early Years Education scheme?
What is the 2 Year Old Early Years Education scheme? This is a scheme that allows eligible children to receive free early education from the funding period after their second birthday. This is part of a national offer from the Department for Education (DfE) and…
Education and Learning Support
ACE advice Lines provides free independent advice and information for parents and carers in England and Wales on a range of state education and schooling issues. To speak to an adviser call: ACE Advice Line 0300 0115 142 Opening hours: Our telephone advice lines are open…