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Being a parent or carer of a child with special needs can be both amazing and sometimes challenging.

Everyone needs a little bit of extra support at some point in their lives, and there are nurseries and childcare available for you and your family.

In addition to the information and advice below, Plymouth has an Early Help and SEND Advice Line. You can book a conversation with a Family Support Worker to discuss worries or questions.  Just call 01752 668000, or email

The Plymouth Online Directory contains a list of Children's Centresfree childcare options and schools in Plymouth.


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

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.

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School SEN information reports

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

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Moving from one school to the next can be challenging for any child. For children with special needs or disabilities, transitions require extra planning and support. Transition refers to the process of moving between different stages of education or care services.

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