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Nurseries with specialist places for children with SEND

There are specialist places in four, council-run nurseries for children under five with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). There are also places in private, voluntary or independent (PVI) nurseries that are rated good or outstanding by Ofsted. Find your nearest nursery.

The council-run specialist nursery places are at:

All four settings have specialist staff and equipment to support children with SEND and work closely with professionals such as Brent Sensory Support Service, speech and language therapists and physiotherapists

Eligibility for a specialist nursery place

To be eligible for a place your child must meet the criteria. You will then need to ask a professional who is working with your child to refer you. This person could be a paediatrician, speech and language therapist, health visitor or sensory impairment worker. Your child’s nursery can also refer them if they are already attending a setting.

Once your child’s application has been received, it will be considered by the council’s Under 5's Specialist Nursery Panel. This panel is made up of representatives from health, education, social care, early support, Brent Outreach Autism Team (BOAT) and the sensory support service. A decision is made based on the level of support the child needs. The panel meets on the second Monday of every month, with the deadline for submitting applications being the first Wednesday of the month.

A letter will then be sent to the parent and the professional who has referred the child, informing them of the panel's decision. Spaces for specialist nursery places are limited but if the child meets the eligibility criteria a place will be offered in the first instance.

If you are a professional and would like further information about the referral process contact Karen Zajdel, Early Years Lead for Under 5s, on 020 8937 6573 or email specialistnursery@brent.gov.uk.