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About the Local Offer

Suffolk’s Local Offer gives you clear, accessible and accurate information about the services available for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). In Suffolk we want services that are able to respond to local needs and aspirations. This is why children,…

Childcare for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

At Suffolk County Council we promote equality and inclusion, particularly for disadvantaged families, children in care, children in need, children with disabilities and children with special educational needs. This includes working with parents/carers and providers to remove any barriers to accessing early education and to…

Co-production in Suffolk

Co-production happens when service providers and service users recognise the benefits of working in true partnership with each other.  This process is adopted ‘from the start’, when planning, developing, implementing or reviewing a service.  It means that all the right people are around the table…

Complain about a childcare provider

Please speak to your childcare provider about any concerns you may have with your child’s experiences, contract, payment, funding queries or entitlements. If you feel the situation has not been resolved you can: Ask for a copy of the complaints procedure if you don't already…

Early years and childcare

"We believe that all children are entitled to go to any early years and childcare provision and to have their needs identified and met." Christina Lewis, Head of Service, Early Years and Childcare At Suffolk County Council we promote equality and inclusion, particularly for disadvantaged families, children…

Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)

EYPP is additional funding a childcare provider can claim for your child. It is an additional £300 per year to spend on enriching your three and four-year-old child’s early education.

Finding and choosing childcare

Finding and choosing childcare can seem scary. Here is some information and advice to help you find the right type of care for your child. 

Funded 30 hours childcare eligibility requirements

To access a funded 30 hour place the family must have a valid code and the child must be of eligible age. Suffolk County Council can only fund places where the eligibility codes meet the requirements set by the Department for Education (DfE), and where…

Funded childcare for working parents of 3 and 4-year-olds

All 3 and 4 year old children can have 15 hours funded early education a week over 38 weeks of the year. That’s 570 hours every year until they start school. Some childcare providers offer fewer hours each week that can be taken over more…

Have your say on proposed future speech, language and communication services

Parents, carers and those who work with children and young people in Suffolk with specialist speech, language and communication (SLC) needs have been invited to have their say on a proposed new model for delivering services. The integrated model was co-produced by education, health and…
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