This page has information on Early Years education (under 5 years old) in Bristol for children with special educational needs.  Compulsory schooling for children does not start until the year a child turns 5 years old.  Until then chidren under 5 will have the opportunity to attend a variety of early years provision, like Nurseries or a Childminder.  These settings will work with parents and carers using a wide range of resources and support to work out what a child needs and how they can help. This could be related to their health and care, as well as education. 


Finding an Early Years setting

Types of Early Years settings and finding childcare.


Sensory Support Service

Support for children with visual, hearing or multiple sensory needs.


Portage and Inclusion Service

support to families and early years practitioners for children from birth to 5 years, who are disabled and/or have special educational needs.


Early Birds

A course for families and professionals of child who have received a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Condition.


The Bristol Toolkit - SEND in Education

Information, advice and guidance on SEN Support and Education, Health and Care Plans.


Early Years funding

How education provision is funded.


How Education services work in Bristol.

Information on how services are organised and run.


Complaints and disagreements

What to if you want to make a complaint or disagree with a decision.




This page has information for residents in the City of Bristol.  Find out about what other Local Authorities do.

Last Update 1 December 2016 by Findability Team.


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