Education, Early Years and Childcare

Education & Childcare

Children’s Centres

Children’s Centres provide many different children and family services including activities for parents, parents-to-be, their babies, toddlers, young children and the rest of the family. They are located within your local community so you don’t have to travel far

Disability Access Fund (DAF) Early Years

From April 2017, the Government introduced the Disability Access Fund (DAF) this is new funding for early years childcare providers to support children with disabilities or special educational needs. DAF is to support access to early years childcare provision by supporting providers in making reasonable adjustments to their settings and/or help build inclusive capacity (this may be for the child in question or to benefit children as a whole attending the setting). Detailed information about the DAF eligibility criteria, entitlement, documentary evidence required, procedure, payment and application process can be found in the:

Private, Voluntary and Independent Pre-schools, Nurseries, Childminders & Out of School Clubs

Pre-schools, Nurseries, Childminders & Out of School Clubs information, including Halton’s Family Information Service

Nursery Schools

Disability Access Fund (DAF)

From April 2017, the Government introduced the Disability Access Fund (DAF) this is new funding for early years childcare providers to support children with disabilities or special educational needs. DAF is to support access to early years childcare provision by supporting providers in making reasonable adjustments to their settings and/or help build inclusive capacity (this may be for the child in question or to benefit children as a whole attending the setting). Detailed information about the DAF eligibility criteria, entitlement, documentary evidence required, procedure, payment and application process can be found in the:

Searching for a School?

Looking for a local school – Search for a school

School Admission Information

Information for school admissions in Halton is available from www.halton.gov.uk/schooladmissions Please don’t hesitate to contact the Child Place Planning Team on 0151 511 7338/7271, or by emailing schooladmissions@halton.gov.uk, if you have any queries.

Primary Schools
The Bridge - Alternative Provision (KS3 & KS4)

The Bridge School and SEND Information Report 2017-18 The Bridge Admissions Policy 2016 The Bridge School is an Alternative Provision for Key Stage 3 and 4 pupils, which  supports the 7 high schools in the borough with preventative and reactive behaviour programmes for permanently excluded pupils. It is also a Key Stage 4 alternative provider offering 40 on-roll places for pupils that benefit from education out-side of a high school context, this provision is secured at providers across the borough with The Bridge providing quality assurance, guidance and support. Key Stage 3 provision is either reactive as a result of permanent exclusion or preventative, through outreach and short-term part-time placements at The Bridge School site.

Special Schools, Provision & Resource Bases

Halton Specialist Provision includes Resource Bases in mainstream schools for pupils with a range of SEND with staff trained, qualified and experienced in specific areas of needs.

Independent Schools

The excellent and wide ranging educational provision within Halton is able to meet the needs of most of our children and young people. However where that provision is unable to meet the needs of  a child or young person, then independent specialist schools, either within or outside of Halton will be considered. This Policy Statement explains Halton’s approach to Out of Borough Provision on the Local Offer.

Post 16 Provision

The information has been taken from the websites written by the individual providers.

This list does not reflect any endorsement by Halton Borough Council.  It is merely a list of known providers to provide basic information about Post 16 Provision.

Out of Borough Provision - Local Offer Policy Statement

This Policy Statement explains Halton’s approach to Out of Borough Provision on the Local Offer.

All other Independent Special Schools and Special Post-16 Provision (Section 41 List)

Known as the Section 41 List The Secretary of State for Education has approved these under Section 41 of the Children and Families Act 2014 for children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND). The Government update this list termly.

SEND Specialist Support

SEND Service - Contact Details

Contact details for the different teams

NEW Named Child Referral Form - SEND Service
Equipment in Education, in the Home & Community

In this section you’ll find information about the

  • Childrens Social Care Equipment Criteria, Referral Pathway, Assessment Process and Impartial Websites, Parents’ Forum & Helpline
  • Education – Equipment & Support Policy and Useful Information
  • Halton Borough Council & Independent Living Centre
  • Woodview (Child Development Centre)
  •  Halton Integrated Community Equipment Service (HICES)
  • Wheelchairs
Communication and Interaction

Speech, language and communication needs  involves understanding language, forming sounds, words and sentences to expressing ideas and emotions and using language socially. For more information and support see Communication and Interaction 

Cognition and Learning Difficulties

The Cognition and Learning Service work with schools, parents and other professionals to raise standards of achievement for pupils with cognition and learning difficulties Contact Judith Hughes, Tel. 0151 511 6955

Social, Emotional and Mental Health

The Educational Psychology (EP) Service work with schools and other partners around Social, Emotional and Mental health – for school staff all Educational Psychologists would be your point of contact.

How can the EP Service help?

  • Provide support and training for staff, children and families
  • Work consultatively to jointly problem solve and to create positive change
  • We have an specialist Educational Psychologist to support Social, Emotional and Mental Health – this work is often strategic
  • Supports nurture based approaches in schools from being nurturing schools to full nurture groups
  • EPs work with staff groups developing and delivering bespoke training for staff, parents and the local community
  • Where capacity allows we can deliver bespoke therapeutic interventions for Children and Young People, however we always try to work holistically with all concerned.

For more information and contact details please look under the Educational Psychology Service option on this section/page

Sensory and/or Physical Needs (Hearing & Visual Impairment)
Enhanced Provision

***PLEASE NOTE this section is under review*** Helps to support children with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) can include additional funding, blocks of specialist teaching, Outreach, advice and recommendations from specialist teachers.


SEND Service-Specialist Teaching Support

SENCO Workshops 2018-19

9am-12 noon at the Stadium

  • Weds 26 September ’18 – Halton Suite
  • Tues 27 November ’18 – Halton Suite
  • Weds 16 January ’19 – Karalius Suite
  • Weds 13 March ’19 – Halton Suite
  • Weds 22 May ’19 – Halton Suite
Halton's Graduated Approach to Nurture
SENCO and Teaching Staff: A Guide to Supporting Children and Young People with SEND
SEND Guidance for Professionals

This is an in-depth guide to assist professionals in their role of supporting children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities SEND Guidance for Professionals

Halton Policies & Strategies

Education, Health & Social Care Factsheets - Complaints, Mediation, Tribunal Appeals & Judicial Review

These are most commonly made on behalf of a child or young person by their parent, carer or a representative. However, children and young people can make comments and complaints in their own right.

Further information, advice or support is available through Halton SENDIASS for free confidential and impartial support 0151 511 7733 SENDpartnership@halton.gov.uk


Education Complaints

Health Complaints

Complaint – Health Services

Social Care Complaints


Guide to Mediation

Tribunal Appeals

SEND Appeals

Single Route of Redress –National Pilot

School Exclusion Appeals

Tribunal Appeals-School Exclusions

School Admissions Appeals

 Tribunal Appeals-School Admissions

School Transport Appeals

Assisted Travel Appeals-School Transport

Judicial Review

Guide to Judicial Review

Accessibility Strategy

Accessibility Strategy 2015-18 will support schools in meeting the needs of disabled pupils, ensuring accessibility of the school curriculum, the physical environment and access to information.

All-Age Autism Strategy

The All-Age Autism Strategy in Halton aims to take a more joined-up and holistic approach to developing opportunities and realising potential for people with Autism at every stage in their lives

SEND Strategy

The SEND Strategy is to support meeting the needs of children and young people with SEND to improve their outcomes in terms of:

  • progress made towards targets are realistic and aspirational;
  • access to a full educational curriculum and experience;
  • progress to higher education or employment;
  • independent living;
  • participating in society, and;
  • being as healthy as possible.
Early Years Parental Booklet

Newborn to 5 years  – where you can get support and the different developmental stages

Early Years Strategy

Early Years Strategy – This strategy describes what we will do together in Halton to ensure that regardless of their circumstances, every child and family can thrive.

Everyone - Early Help Strategy

Everyone – Early Help Strategy 2018-20121 This strategy aims to build upon the good practice and existing strategies from early help and prevention which already exists in Halton.  The overall aim is to support people to maximise their potential, and as a consequence, enjoy a better quality of life.  Early help approaches are often ‘enabling’: equipping individuals and communities with the tools to succeed, rather than interventions being imposed upon them.

Free School Meals
Halton's Childcare Sufficiency Assessment Review

The Childcare Sufficiency Assessment Review assesses the supply of and demand for all types of Early Education and Childcare in Halton and identify any gaps in provision

Halton Children’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)

The Halton Children’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) identifies ‘the big picture’ in terms of the health and wellbeing needs and inequalities of the local population. It is based on the analysis of current and predicted health and well-being outcomes and sets out what people want from their services. The JSNA is underpinned by partnership working, community engagement and evidence of effectiveness.

Halton Joint Commissioning Strategy 2018-2021

The Halton Joint Commissioning Strategy 2018-2021 explains what we mean by commissioning and how each of the commissioning organisations within Halton has clear areas of responsibility, we believe that in most cases it takes more than one agency to provide the services needed by local communities and individuals. We are committed to developing integrated commissioning arrangements that ensure all of the necessary agencies work closely together to complement and support integrated frontline delivery to meet the needs of local people.

Halton SEND Joint Commissioning Framework 2016-2020

The Halton SEND Joint Commissioning Framework 2016-2020 is to improve educational, health and emotional wellbeing outcomes of our children with a SEND.  It links with both the Halton Joint Commissioning Framework 2018-2021 and the Halton SEND Strategy 2016-2020.

Halton Nurture for Learning 2018-2020

Early identification and early targeted support within the community is vital to ensure that children and young people develop healthy minds and resilience. This Halton Nurture for Learning 2018-2020 is to support collaboration between parents/carers, key adults, school leaders and professionals to improve the outcomes for children and young people

Hate Crime, Anti-Bullying & Prejudiced Incidents

Hate Crime






Anti-Bullying Video’s

Prejudiced Incidents



Help with School Uniform costs?

Halton Borough Council does not provide financial support for these costs.

Most supermarkets have non-branded school clothing available for purchase at a very low-cost.

1. Your child’s school may be able to provide support with the school uniform – you should contact them in the first instance.

2. Check the school website to access their School Uniform Policy for information on how they can help.

3. You could contact the school by phone or email to seek their help.

4. During school holidays, staff may still be available in school for you to contact them for advice by email.

5. If you don’t manage to get in touch with the school before the start of the new term, the Council’s Education Welfare Service advise that you don’t keep your child off school if you don’t have the correct school uniform.  Keeping your child off school without their permission would be classed as an unauthorised school absence.

6. You should dress your child for school in appropriate clothing i.e. plain trousers/skirt, plain polo t-shirt and/or a plain jumper.

7. As soon as possible on the first day of term, contact the school to seek their advice and ask for support (if you have been unable to contact school before this date).

Learning from Case Reviews – Children with Disabilities and/or who are Deaf

SEND Briefing – provides important information around key findings and key messages for staff from case reviews

Supporting Pupils and Home Tuition: Medical Issues

Governing bodies have a statutory duty (Children and Families Act 2014) to ensure schools make arrangements to support pupils with medical conditions.  A medical conditions policy is required to ensure pupils with medical conditions have full access to education, including physical education and school trips.

Home Tuition Guidance

This is for young people who are unable to access school for 15 days or more in an academic year due to medical issues and are under a Consultant

  • Home Tuition Guidance

Support and Resources

Behaviour Service

More information about the NEW Behaviour Service and how they are working with schools will be added shortly.
Contact Vanessa Nice, Tel. 0151 511 8905

Childhood Stroke Support and Resources

Stroke Association offers a free Childhood Stroke Support Service  for information, advice, support and networking events to families affected by stroke in childhood:

More information by email: childhood@stroke.org.uk or telephone: 07715 065925

Educational Psychology Service

The Educational Psychology Service works with teachers, school staff, professionals and parents to try and identify causes of difficulties/problems and ways of dealing with them. We can offer advice on intervention strategies, Individual Education Plans and behaviour management.

Education Welfare Service

The Education Welfare Service seeks to ensure families are enabling their children to attend school

Halton Family Information Service (FIS)

Halton Family Information Service offers free and impartial advice and guidance for families on all childcare and a wide range of children’s services in Halton

Halton School Games

The Halton School Games forms part of the Government programme which aims to engage and enthuse more young people than ever before to participate in high quality inclusive school competition, supporting all young people to achieve their own personal best through sports participation and leadership. The School Games not only offers an annual calendar of inter school competition opportunities to all Halton primary, secondary and special schools, but also offers to our pupils; leadership development, school to club exit routes and Change 4 Life opportunities to engage our less active and confident children. Further information about the School Games programme or follow on Twitter @halton_SG

Halton SEND & Inclusive Sports Co-ordinator

Gareth Burke is the Halton SEND & Inclusive Sports Co-ordinator, who works with primary, secondary and special schools and other professionals to:

  • provide opportunities for children and young people to access sports, develop confidence and improve their self-esteem
  • support teaching staff and volunteers to improve their skills around inclusive play and physical education

Gareth works 1 day per week and is based at Cavendish School, if you’d like to find out more about the support he can provide you can contact Gareth by email, (a phone number for Gareth will be added shortly).

Health Visiting Service

Health Visiting Service offers health assessments, advice support and interventions to children and families as required in their first years of life Health Visiting Service Facebook page

Learning and Development - Birth to 5 years old

NW SEND Regional Newsletters

Palliative Care Education Resource

Education Resource for babies, children and young people with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions to help explain:

  • What is children’s palliative care? Who needs it?
  • What do children with life-limiting conditions need to help them access an education? Does this vary according to different conditions, and how?
  • What should education providers do to meet these needs? What are they obliged to do? What should they do?
Parents View

Give your views to Ofsted about your child’s school 

Positive Behaviour Support Service

The Positive Behaviour Support Service (PBSS) is a specialist service that works to support behaviour change and improved quality of life for people with autism and/or learning disabilities who engage in challenging behaviour.

School Nursing

Community based teams deliver the Healthy Child Programme for school-aged children and young people 5-19 years of age and work with their families around health needs to promote health and wellbeing with a focus on early help and support

Special Provision Capital Fund Consultation Outcome

As required by the Department for Education, the Local Authority consulted on a proposal to provide capital investment in both the primary and secondary sectors in Halton, to assist in the reduction of placements at independent providers, particularly out of borough and associated transport costs for children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs.  A link to the Short Plan, original consultation document, and summary of consultation outcomes can be found below: Special Provision Capital Fund Plan Special Provision Capital Fund Consultation Document  Special Provision Capital Fund Response Report

Transitions, Leaving School, Looking Ahead?
Halton Virtual School - Children in Care

The purpose of Halton Virtual School is to: Support all children and young people in the care of Halton to become resilient and effective independent learners, so that they can achieve their full potential and become full and active participants in society. For children and young people who are in care to Halton from 0 – 25 years there is a range of interventions and support that we can provide directly. For professionals and carers we will provide advice and guidance. For other Local Authority professionals and Virtual Head teachers, the focus of the Halton Virtual School is to act as the main point of contact to support them in gaining admission to an education provision and access to any appropriate support the young person requires to promote their educational attainment and attendance. However, Halton Virtual School cannot provide any direct intervention or support to children and young people in care to other Local authorities. For further information, please contact Halton Virtual School

Youth Justice Service

The service covers Cheshire East, Cheshire West, Halton & Warrington

The service works with young people aged 10 to 17 in the area and responds to the needs of young person who offends in a comprehensive way.  The service includes Police, Probation, Children’s Social Care, Health, Education and other relevant specialist services such as substance misuse, mental health, accommodation etc.

 The needs of each young person who offends is assessed using a national assessment tool to identify the specific problems that make the young person offend, we measure the risk they pose to others as well as themselves.

 We believe all young people should be given the chance to reach their full potential in life.  We aim to help young people explore their abilities. Our education Advisors support those excluded from school or at risk of exclusion by working collectively with everyone involved, helping to formulate individual tailored packages that address the concerns.  We work closely with vocational training and work-based providers and specialist schools for children and young people with challenging, complex and profound needs pulling together educational risk management plans in an attempt to make the learning experience positive.

 If a Young Person known to the Youth Justice Service has Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), the YJS ETE worker gathers as much information as possible.  We meet with the SEND Team to ensure that we understand the difficulty in learning and/or the disability which prevents or hinders their progress, and attend meetings, school reviews and SEN reviews.  We offer the Young Person and family advice, guidance and help to overcome the barriers to achieve participation with ETE.   

 As part of any Divert or Statutory Court Order, the young person is required to attend regular meetings with their supervising officer to focus on their offending and factors that may reduce the likelihood of the young person re-offending. We make referrals to other partners for support etc as appropriate.

 We also work directly with victims of the behaviour, discussing the impact the offence has had upon them and how to repair the harm caused. This process is also known as Restorative Justice and may involve direct or indirect action from the young person to the victim.  On occasion it is possible and desirable that the young person who offended meets the victim and makes a personal and direct apology for the harm caused.

The Halton office is based at: 3rd Floor, Municipal Building, Kingsway, Widnes WA8 7QF

Tel: 0345 145 0055

Children’s Education Advisory Service (Ministry of Defence families)

Advice and guidance to MOD families, educational establishments and local authorities on educational issues relating to Service children, including issues relating to SEND

DRC Online Survey for Parents/Carers of Deaf Children

Survey– child’s access and achievement under EHC Plan and Local Education Authority provision