Finding suitable childcare for a child with additional needs can be a real headache. Even though there is a duty on local authorities to provide high-quality, affordable childcare for ALL children, many parents of disabled children struggle to go back to work because they cannot find suitable childcare.


Free childcare explains that free early learning is now also available for disabled two-year olds.

Links and downloads

  • Sheffield City Council: Guide to Childcare Services (July 2012): Developed in consultation with the Parent Carer Forum, this guide provides an overview of childcare options for children with disabilities or additional needs. Some of the contact details are out of date now, but we’ve included it here because a lot of the information is still useful.
  • Direct payments for childcare is a factsheet published by SNIPS which explains how working parents of disabled children or young people may be able to to get direct payments to cover the additionality element of childcare (e.g. the cost of 1:1 support in a childcare setting).