Finding a special needs nursery or childminder

Don't forget that alongside special provisions, the bog-standard route that parents use for escaping for a few hours (sometimes referred to as 'working') is also available to you: nurseries and childminders.

The downside is that you will probably have to fund this yourself.

Nurseries are usually very welcoming of children with special needs, and should have a relationship with a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) who can help to plan your child's care.

It may be more difficult to find a childminder who will be able to look after your child, but don't rule this out as a possibility.

"Some childminders have experience of special needs and would be able to help (even if for just a few hours)," advises one Mumsnetter, herself an experienced childminder.

What Mumsnetters say about childcare for young children with special needs

  • When my daughter was 18 months old the local nursery had her two afternoons a week. It was really hard settling her at first but eventually (after a few months) she began to settle and enjoy it. I always found with both of my children (SN and not special needs) that they were less clinging after attending nursery on a (very) part-time basis. PinkKerPlink
  • It is worth contacting your local Children's Information Network or equivalent run by your local council and asking about childminders. Where I live they have a register of childminders who were interested in taking on children with SN. They didn't necessarily have any experience, just an open mind. heartinthecountry


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