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