Better access to childcare for parents of disabled children UK

  • May 24, 2008
  • Bruce Bromley

The Department for Children, Schools and Families has announced that parents of disabled children will soon get better access to childcare. The Government is injecting £35 million into Disabled Children’s Access to Childcare pilot projects, which will be tested in ten local areas. If these are successful, they will be rolled out nationally.

The projects include:
•new centres of excellence for disabled children in children’s centres that are next to special schools
•specialist training for childminders and nursery workers on how to care for and educate disabled children
•development of a network of specialist childminders to help parents find flexible childcare
•recruitment of parent champions to explain and promote the needs of BME disabled children
•encouragement of university and gap year students to take on caring roles
•peer-to-peer support for parents, sharing information on what is available and what actually works

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