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Coronavirus ~ Latest advice for all residents (with link to Easy Read information tab)

Where to find information Government guidance published 27/11/2020  Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings.   2 December guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).  The latest government guidance.  https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Advice for households with suspected…

Childcare

Key Workers' Childcare & Settings Opening from 01/06/2020 Coronavirus ~ Latest advice for all residents (with links to Easy Read tab) ~ News Page Deciding the type of childcare you want for your child is an important decision, so it is a good idea to…

Brighter Futures for Children

Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) are a not-for-profit-company established to deliver children's services in the Reading Borough area, giving the best possible opportunities for the children of Reading. The services they offer are: Adoption Children's Guide to Being in Care Children's Single Point of Access (CSPoA) Children's…

SEND Short Breaks

Short Breaks The Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children Regulations 2011, requires Local Authorities to provide a range of short breaks for families with disabled children (age 0-19yrs). In Reading this is delivered through Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC). Short breaks provide opportunities for disabled children and…

Personal budgets and direct payments - or Adults

If you are not able to fund your own care and support needs, you will need to complete a self assessment form and submit it to the Adult Care team at Reading Borough Council. Find out more about direct payments  A Personal Budget can be…

Help with heating costs

If you struggle to keep warm in winter you may be eligible for benefits, discounts and/or energy efficiency improvements to help with heating costs. Click here for further information about help with heating costs. You can also contact some of the local organisations who can…

NHS Health Services

NHS Choices For information about health conditions, advice about staying well plus signposting to local health services: Visit www.nhs.uk Carers Direct on NHS Choices For information and advice for carers visit www.nhs.uk/carers or call the Carer’s Direct Helpline 0300 123 1053 Your local pharmacy Ask…

SEND - Support in school and further education

Children with SEN 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 to the person in…

Early Years Team Supporting SEND

Team members visit settings annually to ensure they meet the welfare requirements of the EYFS which include developing the Universal Provision set out in the Graduated Approach, and ensuring that settings are meeting the legal requirements of the SEND Code of Practice. Early Years Team…

Special United - Youth Area (Young People's Forum)

Special United is a youth forum for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their siblings, age 8-25 years, living within the Reading Borough. The youth forum is run by Reading Families Forum, a local charity supporting families who have…