Childcare choices for parents of disabled children | Oxfordshire County Council

Childcare choices for parents of disabled children

Help with finding suitable childcare to meet the needs of your child and family.

See our list of specialist childcare providers.

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Disability Information Officer

If you are a family with a disabled child and are finding it difficult to find childcare that can meet your needs, you can contact the Disability Information Officer. They can help to identify childcare that may meet your needs and contact childcare providers on your behalf if needed. They will collect basic information about your child’s needs, as well as that of your family, such as days, times and costs and using this information shortlist possible childcare providers for you.

Arranging childcare

It is always a good idea to visit a childcare provider before making any decisions so that you have the opportunity to ask questions, meet staff and check that the setting is right for you and your child. See our guide to arranging childcare for advice on the types of questions to ask and things to think about before deciding on a childcare provider can be found here.

There are two main types of childcare provision for disabled children - specialist and mainstream. Mainstream settings are for both disabled and non-disabled children, whereas specialist provision caters specifically for disabled children.

Specialist providers

In Oxfordshire, the main specialist providers for short breaks, commissioned by us are:

  • Barnardo’s runs several holiday playschemes, after-school clubs and youth groups, as well as social coaching, throughout Oxfordshire.
  • Let’s Play Project enables young disabled people to access play and leisure in Banbury and immediate area.
  • Parasol is based at the Tower Playbase in Oxford City Parasol run an inclusive holiday playscheme for disabled and non-disabled children.
  • CoreAssets  who have been working in partnership with Oxfordshire County Council to deliver support through a range of tailor made services, including parent support groups and weekly youth clubs for disabled children and young people.
  • Autism Family Support Oxfordshire is a charity that provides support to children and young people aged 0-25 years old, with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and their families; within the area of Oxfordshire and near neighbours.
  • Yellow Submarine provides respite activities and holidays for children and young people with learning disabilities between the ages of 11 and 18. We additionally work with young adults up to the age of 25 as part of the transition from young person to adult.

For other specialist childcare providers see list

Last reviewed
23 February 2018

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