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Childminders

Childminders care for children in their own home, offering a home-from-home environment. They can also make use of local amenities, giving children the benefit of trips out to local parks, beaches, toddler groups, libraries and shops. They usually offer flexible hours and can provide care for…

Contacts for complaints about hospitals and the CCG in Dorset

  Contact information for complaints about hospitals and the CCG in Dorset:    Poole General Hospital  Name: Jenny Williams Email: patientexperienceteam@poole.nhs.uk Tel: 01202 448499 Full details for Poole General Hospital    Royal Bournemouth Hospital  Name: Complaints Manager Email: complaints@rbch.nhs.uk Tel: 01202 704886 Full details for Royal Bournemouth Hospital    Dorset County Hospital  Name:…

Continuing Healthcare

NHS continuing healthcare is a free package of social care for people who have significant ongoing health needs. It is arranged and funded by the NHS.   Some children and young people, up to their 18th birthday, may have very complex health needs. This could be as a…

Day Nurseries

Day nurseries provide full or part time care for children from 6 weeks to 5 years. They are usually open Monday to Friday all year round. Opening times can range between 6am and 8pm, but 8am to 6pm is fairly standard. Nurseries can be private, voluntary…

Dentists

A dentist prevents and treats problems affecting the mouth and teeth, including dental and oral disease. Find out about NHS dental services including information on dental treatment for people with special needs. The British Society for Disability and Oral Health has links to information on oral health…

Direct Payments Advice Service

Direct Payments schemes are for children who have been assessed as having eligible social care needs. If you choose to receive a Direct Payment to meet your child’s care needs, the Direct Payments Advice Service will support you in setting up and maintaining a Direct…

Disability Access Fund (DAF)

The Disability Access Fund (DAF) is money given to Early Years/Childcare providers to help support children with special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities in their setting.  The aim of the DAF is to help give children who are disabled access to funded childcare.  Providers will…

Doctors or General Practitioners (GPs)

It is important to register with a GP, so you can access health services if you need them. You can register with a GP of your choice, as long as you live within the surgeries catchment area and they are accepting new patients.  Find out…

Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs)

What is an Education, Health and Care Plan?  An education, health and care (EHC) plan (commonly referred to as an EHCP) is for children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) aged up to 25 who need more support than is available through SEN…

Getting a Diagnosis

You might have waited a long time to get a diagnosis and once you’ve got it you may be worried about what happens next. Your doctor or social worker can help you get a diagnosis for your child if they've got special educational needs or disabilities…