If your child is before school age and you are worried that your child might have Additional Needs or Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), there are people that can help.

The Early Years SEND team can offer advice and support for children at home and in settings. There are also streams of funding available to support your child within an Early Years setting.

Portage

Portage is a home-visiting educational service for pre-school children with SEND and their families.

Setting Support

Our SEND Officers can work with the setting to ensure the successful inclusion of the child.

Request support for a child

You can request support for a child using the online form below. You will be asked to set up a MyWirral account before you complete a request form. This is so that you can save the form if you need to come back to it.

Request support for a child

Inclusive practice Fund

Early Years settings can apply for additional funding to support the inclusion of children with additional needs in early education.

Disability Access Fund

If your child is in a setting and is receiving Disability Living Allowance, the setting can claim a one-off yearly payment to support them in the setting each year.

Short breaks for children with disabilities

Wirral Council provides and commissions short breaks for children with disabilities, including:

  • youth and play activities
  • specialist play schemes
  • sporting activities
  • creative workshops
  • sitting services
  • residential overnight stays
  • family-based overnight stays
  • after school clubs
  • direct payments
  • leisure Link programme

Find out more about SenseAbility Soft Play and Sensory Venue

Short Breaks Grant programme for children with disabilities in Wirral

Organisations in Wirral who feel they could offer short breaks to children and young people with disabilities are being encouraged to apply for a grant for up to £5,000.

Wirral Community Short Breaks Grant will complement the current Short Break offer and increase the amount, range, choice, and quality of activities available to children with disabilities.

Eligible organisations will be those which can offer short break sessions with an agreed timeframe to children and young people with disabilities in Wirral. Funding cannot be applied for individuals – any project must be for a service to benefit a group of children or young people with disabilities. In addition, applying organisations will need to provide evidence that they have the correct training and safeguarding procedures in place.

The council is seeking applications from organisations who would like to deliver short breaks that can:

  • provide the primary carer with a short break by enabling the young person to spend time away from the family home
  • help parents and carers feel supported and receive quality breaks in the knowledge that their child is being cared for by trained, professional staff in a safe environment
  • assist in the development of young person’s self-confidence and social skills to interact with others
  • offer the young person a positive enjoyable experience with young people of a similar age and needs, supported by appropriate staffing levels and ratios
  • offer achievable and measurable outcomes for children and young people

Apply

Download the application form below and return by email to: childrenscomissioning@wirral.gov.uk

The deadline for applications is 30 September 2022.

Applications will be taken to a panel of professionals, young people and parents to assess.

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Local Offer Wirral

For more information about SEND, visit the Local Offer Wirral website which provides information for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in Wirral.