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Find a children's centre

View all children's centres in Plymouth. Find out all about them and how to get in touch.

Free childcare in Plymouth

The Government can help with childcare costs for parents. Whether you have toddlers or teens, you could get support.

Getting ready for school

The Plymouth Information, Advice and Support parenting team are running a new Ready for School programme in conjunction with many primary schools across Plymouth called SPOKES (Supporting Parents on Kids Education in Schools).

Find a school in Plymouth

View all schools in Plymouth. Find out all about them and how to get in touch.

Apply for a school place

Find out how to apply for a Plymouth school place and ensure your child goes to your preferred school.

School SEN information reports

All schools must publish a SEN Information Report on their school website.  The report should be easy to find, put together in a way that families can understand and reviewed, with families, each year.

How are special educational needs identified by early years providers and schools

Slow progress and low attainment do not necessarily mean that a child has SEN and should not automatically lead to a pupil being recorded as having special educational needs.

School Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO)

Each school has a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO). The SENCO is responsible for the progress of all children with special educational needs regardless of whether they have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). 

What are schools expected to provide?

The majority of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities attend mainstream schools.

All about transitions

As we work together to improve outcomes for children and young people, we continue to identify that transitions are a time when there needs to be an enhanced level of planning and oversight, in order to make the transition as smooth as possible.

All about annual reviews

An annual review helps to make sure a child, with special educational needs, is getting the right help and support. 

Early Years - SENCO Guide

Early Years SENCO Guidance


SEND consultations

Early Years Speech and Language Support Team

The Early Years Speech and Language Support Team is based at Plym Bridge Nursery School and provides an outreach service for Early Years Foundation Stage aged children (pre-school & Foundation Year) from across the city of Plymouth who are presenting with features of Developmental Language Disorder (DLD).

Plymouth Children's Gateway

The Gateway should be used if you need help, information or advice relating to a child (pre-birth to 18 years old) or up to 25 years old if the child has special educational needs and disabilities.

Plymouth Information, Advice and Support for SEND (PIAS)

Plymouth Information, Advice and Support for SEND (PIAS) provides information, advice and support relating to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) for parents, carers, children and young people within the Plymouth Local Authority area.

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