Disabled children's access to childcare

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Disabled children's access to childcare (DCATCH) funding provides support for children with disabilities on the following basis:

  1. Support for working parents whose children are accessing daycare. DCATCH will pay for support at significant times that meets the child needs, in order to maintain the childcare placement
  2. Support for children up until the term before their third birthday, where it has been agreed that a childcare placement would benefit a child with a disability and provide the parent with short term break. Standalone respite care is not usually offered under the DCATCH budget
  3. Support for children in mainstream extended school services, eg holiday clubs. DCATCH monies will match fund those paid for by parents/carers which can help towards additional support for the child

It is essential that the child is a Salford resident.

The disability panel's recommendations will include an assessment of the most appropriate setting for the child, whilst taking into consideration and respecting the parent's choices. The settings however must be chosen from those who have achieved 'good' or above in their most recent Ofsted inspection. This may include providers from the voluntary, independent or private sector as well as children's centres.

A childminder chosen to support a child through DCATCH funding must be part of the 'children come first' childminding network.

A contract between the child care provider, Salford City Council and the parent of the child is required.

Funding may be offered to children who have not been formally identified as a child with a disability, if it is considered that the child is showing indications of conditions that may lead to a subsequent disability diagnosis.

Who to contact

Dianne Sharman
St.Paul's Heathside Children's Centre
Heathside Grove
M28 3N7
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