This page is for professionals working with children/ young people with SEND or additional needs. Parents are welcome to look through. 


Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

For professionals information on COVID-19, please see the following page: 

Letter from Minister Ford to children and young people with SEND, their families and carers, and those who work to support them -- return to school (September 2020).


Early Years SENCo information: 

For information for Early Years SENCos, please see the dedicated page here:​


School SENCo information:

For information for School SENCo's, please see the following pages: 


Educational Psychology Service (EPS) information:

For information from the EPS team, please see their page here: 



Short Breaks for Disabled Children (and those with SEND):

For details of all the Short Breaks offered to children/young people in B&NES who are disabled or have a SEND click Here. More information about Short Breaks can be found by clicking on the relevant age range:

0-5 years 

5-11 years 

11-14 years

14-25 years

The lead organisation for Short Breaks term time and holiday commissioned services in B&NES is Bath Area Play Project, you can find the eligibility criteria for these Short Breaks here

Training for professionals working with Children and Young People

Have a look at the Children’s Workforce Training on the Learning Zone and The Hub for details of training for professionals working with children and young people in B&NES. 

Specific Documents for professionals/ settings

Contact details for other professionals

Funding information

Disability Access Funding (DAF)

The Disability Access Fund (DAF) is for early years providers to support children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).  The DAF aids access to early years places by, for example, supporting providers in making reasonable adjustments to their settings, purchasing specialist equipment and/or seeking specialised training that would support providers to meet the child’s needs.  3 and 4 year olds will be eligible for the DAF if they meet the following criteria:

  • the child is in receipt of child disability living allowance (DLA) and;

  • the child receives their three year early years entitlement. 

For more information regarding the funding and how to request payment can be found here

​30 hours funded childcare for some 3 & 4 year olds:

If the child is receiving Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and a parent/carer is receiving Carers Allowance for that child, the family may be entitled to 30 hours funded childcare for that child. This funding can start the term after the child’s 3rd birthday, providing the parent/carer apply before the closing date. More information about this can be found here:

Applying for the funding: To apply for the 30 hour funding using this criteria, the parent/carer will need to call Childcare Choices on 0300 123 4097


15 hours funded childcare for some 2 year olds:

If the child has DLA and/ or an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan, then they are entitled to up to 15 hours a week (for 38 weeks a year) funded childcare at an Ofsted registered childcare provider with an inspection outcome of ‘Good‘ or ‘Outstanding‘.  Funding can start the term after their 2nd birthday.

Applying for the funding: To apply for the 2 year funding for a child who received DLA, the parent/carer will need to contact the Free School Meals team on 01225 394317.


Childcare Providers

You can find details of Ofsted registered childcare providers (Nursery, Childminder, Breakfast, Afterschool and Holiday Clubs) in Bath and North East Somerset on our sister site Bathnes 1Big Database -


SEND Education Strategy 2018-2021

Please see our B&NES SEND Education Strategy 2018-2021, outlining our priorities for SEND in the local area over the next three years. An easy read parent-carer version is also available here.


Early Years Transition Support Funding 2017 - 2018 Report

Please find our Early Years Transition Support Funding (TSF) 2017 - 2018 report here. The report outlines how the funding is used, the impact on children's outcomes and feedback from the parent-carer survey of those children in receipt of TSF.


SEND Position Statement

Please see our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Position Statement (as of December 2018) which outlines the work of the Local Authority, Education Settings, Health providers, Information & Advice services and other organisations, setting out the overall strengths of the local area and areas for improvement.


Children's Centres - Portage Home Learning

Bright Start Children's Centre Portage is a 10-12 week home-based educational programme supporting parents with children (0 – 5 years) with Special educational Needs and or Disabilities (SEND) to further develop their play, communication, relationships, and learning.
We offer one to one support in a parent/carers home with one of our Portage-trained Outreach Workers.

This includes:
- Developing suitable play activities that they can continue to use with their child in the home;
- Setting small, achievable targets for their child specific to their individual needs;
- Working alongside an assessment tool to monitor the child’s progress and achievements;
- Signposting parent/carers to other services available.

The child’s learning and development is captured through a ‘Learning through Play’ Diary and ACE (Accounting for Lifelong Learning) Toolkit, which focuses on each child's strengths.
Working with other professionals to ensure a joined up approach for parent/carers and their child.


To find out more about Portage Home Learning visit or contact your local Bright Start Children's Centre:
Bath Children and Family Centre,
12 Charlotte Street, Bath BA1 2NE
Tel: 01225 396662
Radstock Hub
Church Street, Radstock BA3 3QG
Tel: 01225 396660
Keynsham Hub
65 West View Road, Keynsham BS31 2UE
Tel: 01225 395400
Alternatively visit our website; to download a 'Request for Support' form.


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