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Early Help

In Westminster we use the term early help to refer to any extra support you may need for your family.  This can range from providing information, to support in your home or recommending courses that might be helpful for you. You might already be using…

Early years and childcare

Drawn by Aurora, age 7When children are aged between 0-5 years, they are said to be in their “early years”. The early years are an important time for all children because experiences early-on in life can have long-term effects on development. They can be especially…

Early years funding for children with SEND

Early years settings include nurseries, pre-schools and childminders providing early education for children up to the age of five. These settings are expected to meet the needs of most children from their core budget. However, if early years settings are unable to meet a child's…

Early years support in the home

Drawn by Nico, age 6 Early Support Service Early Support is a key working service available to families caring for children (aged 0-5) with a complex disability requiring them to be in contact with a wide range of health and social care professionals. It provides…

Educating your child at home

Parents/carers are legally required to ensure their child is in receipt of a suitable education but this does not have to be in a school. Some will choose to electively home educate. Elective home education is the term used to describe a parent or carer's…

Education Complaints and Feedback

1.1 Early Years – Pre-school and nursery provision The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Statutory Framework requires all registered child care providers to have a complaints procedure in place. For a childcare provider that is registered with Ofsted, concerns should be raised directly with the…

Education Health and Care Plan template form

A template form of the Education Health and Care Plan used by the City of Westminster can be downloaded from the right hand side section of this page.

Education, employment and training

Routes into paid employment Many young people with learning difficulties or a disability will want to have a job in the future. To achieve this goal they may need additional support during their training or in the work place. Not everyone will be able to…

Education, Health and Care Annual Review information

An Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) needs to be regularly kept up-to-date to ensure that information and provision contained in it continues to reflect your child's needs and provision required. Legally, the EHCP must be reviewed every year. This is called the Annual Review.…

Education, Health and Care needs assessment – decision making

We decide whether to give your child an education, health and care (EHC) plan after a formal assessment of their needs. The statutory timescale for completing a new EHC needs assessment is 20 weeks.   If we decide not to issue an education, health and care…