Childcare Survey for Parents/Carers with SEND Children

Closed 21 Jul 2017

Opened 23 Jun 2017

Feedback Updated 18 Dec 2017

We Asked

Are your children with SEND accessing their Early Entitlement and attending for their full entitlement and reasons why this is?



What support do you feel is needed for your children in Early Years Settings.

You Said

48% were not accessing their Early Entitlement and 25% were not able to access their full time entitlement.

10% were unable to access as the setting said they were unable to meet your child’s needs.

60% of you were not confident in the settings meeting your child’s needs.

10% will not accept your child due to safety needs.



20% were unable to access your entitlement as additional funding was not available.

More General and specific training for staff 

Additional Funding

More Specialist Early Years Provision



We Did

We intend to provide additional support, training and advice to support our Early Years Settings so that we are able to support children with SEND to be able to access their Early Year Entitlement for full time in preparation for starting school.



The Early Years Advisory Service are completing Myth Busting Sessions to remind Early Years Providers of their Legal Requirements to support children with SEN, and advise them of what support is available.

We have sessions booked for more training sessions at the Avenue Centre in October, November and January.

There are bespoke packages that are available to request for additional training, or whole setting training and these training packages can be included in these bespoke packages.

Following completing of the SEND Audits, further training will be planned depending on the outcomes of the Audits.

Training is being provided to all settings about the additional funding that is available to apply for to support children via the inclusion funding that the Government released in April 2017 to increase access and inclusion for children with additional needs in Early Years Settings.

The SEND Strategy is also looking at the provision available for all children with additional needs from aged 0 to 25 and what is available in Reading, with specialist Nursery Settings sitting on the SEND Strategy.


Results Updated 13 Dec 2017



As part of the SEND Code of Practice, there is a statutory duty to ensure that Children with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) are entitled to the same education as all children. This is a parent/carer survey to understand more about the needs of children with SEND within Reading Borough, and any barriers to accessing Childcare Education or having their child's needs met.

What Happens Next

Your response will help in the development of training and support for settings to enable better quality childcare for children with SEND.


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