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SEND - Family Finance

Family Finance aims to inform and educate families, leading to their greater financial well being and consequent improvements in lifestyle. At a time of huge change to the benefit system, the organisations listed below will help provide a much needed source of free, confidential, high…

Children & Young People’s Disabilities Team (CYPDT)

Children and Young People’s Disability Team (CYPDT) The Children and Young People’s Disabilities Team (CYPDT) assesses and supports children and young people between the ages of 0-18. The legislation that covers the work of the team is the Children Act (1989), the Children and Families…

SEND Process Transitioning Through School Years & Beyond

Transition from pre-school through to adulthood Updated October 2020   

SEND - Support in school and further education

Children and young people with SEND may find it harder to learn than most children of the same age.  Some children will need extra or different help from that given to others of the same age. If you think your child may have special educational needs, speak…

Early Years Inclusion Funding

Early Education and Childcare Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities places a requirement on all local authorities to establish an Early Years Inclusion Fund to support 3 and 4-year olds, however in Reading this has been extended to include 2-year-old children. The EYIF is for 2,…

Childcare Costs

If you're returning to work, you'll need to think about the various factors affecting how much you can afford to pay for childcare, and what funding options are available. Visit www.childcarechoices.gov.uk for information on help available for childcare costs.  Last reviewed April 2021

Employment Training & Education

Employment, Training and Education can be accessed by anyone living or working in Reading. Young children can access 15 hours of free childcare/education from the term after their third birthday, a limited number of 2 year olds can access 2 year funded places (meeting the…

Special Educational Needs & Disabilities - Reading's Local Offer

Welcome to Reading’s SEND Local Offer The Family Information Service provides this information on behalf of Brighter Futures For Children which delivers children’s services in Reading. The SEND Local Offer exists to help you find information about local services, support, activities and events for children and young…

What is Sensory Impairment

What is sensory impairment?   Sensory impairment is when one of your senses; sight, hearing, smell, touch, taste and spatial awareness, is no longer normal.  Examples - If you wear glasses you have a sight impairment , if you find it hard to hear or have…

Education, Schools & Services

A child or young person who has a special educational need or disability (SEND) may need some extra help to get the best out of their education and learning. A child or young person with SEND can usually be supported from the resources which early…