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:
Early Years SENCo information:
For information for Early Years SENCos, please see the dedicated page here: www.rainbowresource.org.uk/pages/professional-section/early-years-area-senco
School SENCo information:
For information for School SENCo's, please see the following pages: https://www.rainbowresource.org.uk/pages/professional-section/school-senco-information
Educational Psychology Service (EPS) information:
For information from the EPS team, please see their page here: https://www.rainbowresource.org.uk/pages/professional-section/educational-psychology-service-information-for-professionals
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:
Training for professionals working with Children and Young People
Specific Documents for professionals/ settings
Contact details for other professionals
Bath Area Play Project (for Short Break information) - firstname.lastname@example.org 01225 832497
SEN Team – SEN_Admin@bathnes.gov.uk - 01225 394306
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: www.bathnes.gov.uk/eye
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.
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 - www.bathnes1bd.org.uk/childcare_providers.
SEND Education Strategy 2018-2021
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.
- 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
Church Street, Radstock BA3 3QG
Tel: 01225 396660
65 West View Road, Keynsham BS31 2UE
Tel: 01225 395400
Alternatively visit our website; www.bathnes.gov.uk/childrens-centres to download a 'Request for Support' form.
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