Home Education and children Special educational needs and disability Education and childcare Choosing childcare for a child with special educational needs or a disability (SEND) How to find childcare and what you should check if your child has special educational needs or a disability. Find childcareSearch our family information directory. Use the keyword search section to find childcare providers who can cater for the special needs your child has.Find childcare What to checkWhen you visit a childcare provider, you may want to check:staff qualificationshow they'll prepare for your child going to their new school or roomhow safe and secure the room(s) and outdoor area isif the toilets are clean and suitable for childrenwhat plans they have for emergencieshow play activities will be adaptedhow many children there are to each member of staffwho is supervising and how they’re doing itif the children seem to be happy and interested in what they’re doinghow you'll get updates on what your child has done, enjoyed and learnt and how you'll raise concernsif the equipment is varied, high quality and creativehow they promote positive behaviourhow you’ll find out about your child's day and what they enjoyed and learntwhat food they give the children for lunch and snackshow they work with other professionals who might work with your childFind an Ofsted inspection reportGet adviceContact our Family Information Service for advice to help you make the right decision. Free childcareAll 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to free early education and childcare. Your child might be able to get free childcare from 2 years old if they have special educational needs and receive Disability Living Allowance (DLA). Help us improve this page Hide content Was this page helpful? Yes It was helpful, but Please select a reasonthere's a broken link it's hard to understand it's incorrect it's outdated it's too long Other No Please select a reasonit didn't answer my question it's not detailed enough it's hard to understand it's incorrect it's outdated it's too long Other Details Email address We’ll only use this to ask for more detail if we need to.