SEND Local Offer for Coventry - Early Years Education, Support and Childcare - general overview

In Coventry we have several different types of childcare to meet the needs of children and families.

These include:

  • Day Nursery
  • School Nursery Class
  • Preschool
  • Childminder
  • Out of School Care
  • Nanny
  • Independent school

The majority of childcare in Coventry is regulated by a government body called Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted). Ofsted make sure that people working with children and in childcare setting are safe and suitable to do so. Ofsted regularly inspect childcare sites to make sure they meet minimum Ofsted standards.

All schools and Ofsted-registered early years childcare providers must follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which explains the learning, development and care that a provider is expected to give children between birth and five years of age.

Childcare providers who offer childcare using 2 year old, 3 year old  and 4 year old funding must be clear about how they will support children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and make this information available to help parents to choose the right setting for their child.  Childcare providers are required to make sure that all of their staff members know what is required of them in relation to the SEND Code of Practice and the Equality Act 2010.

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