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Ofsted's plans for area SEND inspections

From Ofsted - 17 July 2020 - Update for Directors of Children's Services (DCS)    Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) are going to be visiting local areas in the autumn term to help strengthen special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) services following COVID-19 disruption. These…

Parent and Toddler Groups

These groups provide places where parents or carers can take 0 - 5 year olds to enjoy play activities and meet others. Parents or carers must stay with the children. The groups can also offer support and advice for parents. Like playgroups, parent/carer and toddler…

Personal Budgets

Personal budgets are available for support which is individual to the child or young person. They allow parents and young people more choice and control over the support they receive. Personal budgets (some of which can be taken as a direct payment) are available to…

Physical activity guidelines for children and young people

Physical Activity Guidelines for Children Young People is an NHS Choices information page. To stay healthy or to improve health, children and young people need to do three types of physical activity each week: aerobic, muscle-strengthening and bone-strengthening activity. The amount of physical activity you…

Physical activity guidelines for children under 5

Physical Activity Guidelines for Children (under 5) is a NHS Choices information page. Being physically active every day is important for the healthy growth and development of babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. Parents will find the website useful to: learn how much physical activity is the…

Postnatal Depression

The ‘baby blues’ The ‘baby blues’ describes feelings of tearfulness, anxiety and irritability that many women experience 3 or 4 days after giving birth. These feelings are common and usually only last for a few days. Postnatal depression Around 1 in 10 mothers develop postnatal…

Practice Guidance – Information Sharing

This practice guidance is designed to support frontline staff working in universal and targeted and preventative services that are working as part of a Team Around the Child (TAC) and as such have a responsibility to use their professional judgement to decide what information it is…

Private Fostering - Identification table

The law states that the local authority must be informed about all private fostering situations. The parents, carer and ay professional who knows about the arrangement are legally required to inform the authority’s children’s service giving details about the arrangement.  Definition of a close relative…

Ready for school

Starting at nursery or school is a big step. You can help prepare your child and help them to be successful and enjoy their time there. Below are some leaflets which have practical advice about getting your child ready for school: How to apply Immunisation…

Referral to Universal Services (formerly EHITS process)

This will be replacing the Early Help IT System (EHITS). Below are services you can refer to, with their referral criteria, referral form and contact details. To make a referral, you will need to scroll down to the service and download their referral form. When…