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  • 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…

  • Accidents and incidents - Ofsted requirements

    Reporting an accident or incident to Ofsted EYFS welfare requirements – safeguarding and promoting children’s welfare EYFS states: the provider must take necessary steps to promote the welfare of children.  Within this welfare requirement it states: Providers must notify Ofsted and Local Children’s Protection Agencies…

  • Activities for children and young people with SEND

    There are lots of great activities that you can get involved in across County Durham. Activities include:  Sports clubs, events and festivals, to help you keep active and healthy whilst having fun. Swimming lessons. Helping to train sports coaches and leisure centre staff. Sports training and…

  • 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…

  • Bullying and harassment

    Bullying can happen at any time and to any child, although it most commonly happens in school. It can be carried out physically, verbally, emotionally or in cyberspace (online bullying).  Children with special educational needs and disability can be particularly vulnerable to bullying but it…

  • Childminder policies and permission forms

    This page contains sample policies and permission forms to help you as a childminder. Permission forms Adminstration of medication record Childminder personal emergency consent Emergency medical treatment Jewellery consent Nappy changing consent form  Observation and photographs consent form  Outings and transport consent form  Prescribed medication consent…

  • County Durham Local Offer - feedback, development and review

    The County Durham Local Offer is dedicated to helping families of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) find the information they need.  The Local Offer has a wide range of information on services, short breaks and activities that can support…

  • Disability Access Fund (DAF)

    The Disability Access Fund (DAF) helps providers to make reasonable adjustments in their settings, either to support an individual child, or for the benefit of all children attending the setting. A child will be eligible if they are in receipt of child disability living allowance…

  • Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs)

    As a higher education student living in England, you can apply for a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) if you have a: disability long-term health condition mental health condition specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia The support you get depends on your individual needs and not…

  • Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Ofsted

    This page provides links to guidance for childminders on Department for Education standards and Ofsted inspection related information. Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS) Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework 2014 - Department for Education guidance on the standards that school and childcare providers must meet…

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