Childcare for special needs Cambridgeshire

If you’re looking for special needs childcare, the Cambridgeshire Local Offer, is a good starting point.

The Local Offer details county services and support for 0-5s with special educational needs and disabilities. And has a SEND childcare page covering options such as nursery places, child minders, preschool and after school clubs as well as holiday clubs.

Learn about getting childcare for children with disabilities.

Some two year olds can get free childcare and early learning (if a parent gets certain benefits or the child has an EHCP or gets Disability Living Allowance. More information

All children become eligible for free childcare and early learning places from the school term after their third birthday. Free early learning and childcare for 3 and 4 year olds. More information

Finding a place

All childcare settings are able to support a child with special educational needs and/or disabilities, although some may have particular skills or expertise. You can find a childcare directory of local providers on the county council website – you can search by postcode and can filter results by type of childcare, child’s age, opening times.

Need help?  Contact the county council’s Family and Childcare Information helpline on 0345 045 1360. If you need extra help,  you may be put in touch with the specialist childcare adviser.

Childcare funding

Find out about childcare funding for children with additional needs. More information on the county council website

30 hours free childcare

From September 2017, working families of three and four year olds are entitled to an extra 15 hours of free childcare.

This is on top of the existing 15 hours of free early education for all parents of three and four year olds and some two year olds.

National charity Contact supports UK families who have a child/YP with a disability. And it estimates that the 30 hours free childcare offer is worth around £5,000 per child.

Are you eligible? Check on Contact’s eligibility webpage


Other useful links on the Contact website:


Need information and advice?

Contact’s helpline (Freephone): 0808 808 3555
9.30am-5pm, Monday-Friday; free from UK landlines and UK mobiles

Guide to Childcare for children with additional needs and disabilities

The Family and Childcare Trust has an updated guide for parents – of children with SEND in England.

Understand your rights as parent, support and financial options available towards childcare, EHC plans, appeal procedures and more.

The guide provides you with your childcare options; offer tips on choosing the right childcare and guidance on what support your local authority (council), early years childcare and schools should – and in some cases must – offer you.

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View the childcare guide here