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  • Understanding SEND training

    As part of the SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) Reforms Programme, Education colleagues delivered a rolling programme of free training sessions throughout 2017 called Understanding SEND.   Who was the training for? The training was available to all professionals (apart from teachers who access separate training) working within health,…

  • Pupil Funding Adjustments

    A new system of submitting pupil funding adjustments has been implemented from October 2018. This pupil adjustment headcount replaces the on-line forms previously used, and should be used to inform the Early Years Funding Team of any change in circumstance regarding children that occurs after…

  • Parent/Carer Declaration Forms

    Funding headcounts require that parents/carers must complete a Declaration Form for the first funding period that a child attends your setting. The detail below tells you how to complete the form. The declaration form is available below for you to pass on to the parents/carers of all children…

  • Service Listings Guidance

    Thank-you for listing your services and activities on the website. This section should answer most of the questions that you may have about adding and updating your listings. If however you have read this and still need assistance, then please contact the team. Once you…

  • Advice templates

    These templates show the type of information that is required detailing what professionals know about a child/young person. The advice provided should be used by the setting when requesting an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC) assessment, and/or reviewing an existing EHC plan. Settings submitting…

  • About us

    Durham County Council’s Families Information Service (FIS) is the place to find free and impartial information to support you and your family from pregnancy until your child's 20th birthday, or 25 years old for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).  We can…

  • Information and support for daycare providers

    This page provides information and support for you as a daycare provider to help you with your role.   Information and guidance Find information and guidance on: Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Ofsted - links to guidance on Department for Education standards and Ofsted inspection related…

  • Providing free early years places for 2, 3 and 4 year olds

    This page helps you find out who to contact about providing free early years places. Free Play and Learn for 2 year olds If you have a good or outstanding Ofsted inspection outcome, you can offer free play and learn sessions for eligible two year olds. For more information contact our…

  • Information and support for childminders

    This page provides information and support for you as a childminder to help in your day to day practice and in preparing for your Ofsted inspections. Find information and guidance on: Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Ofsted Childminder policies and permission forms Providing free early years…

  • Keeping children safe

    This page gives you information to help you keep the children you care for safe. As a childminder, you must identify who has parental responsibility for a child and who has legal contact with the child. This information is a specific legal requirement (EYFS, 2008…

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