Levelling the Playing Field

Campaign for equal access to childcare for disabled children.

The initiative has been launched by charities Every Disabled Child Matters, Contact A Family and Family and Childcare Trust and is being supported by many other charities.  The campaign is for disabled children to be able to to enjoy the same early learning opportunities as non-disabled children, to help them fulfil their potentia, llearn and make friends, and for their mums and dads to be able to work as much as they want. The aim of Levelling the Playing Field is to make sure that:
  • Disabled children can access free early education and childcare in the same way as other children
  • Families with disabled children are supported financially to help them access high quality suitable childcare in the same way as other families
  • Families with disabled children can access information and resources through the Local Offer to make choices about the childcare in their area that meets their individual needs.

How to get involved

If you have experience of accessing the free early education offer (15hrs per week for 3 and 4 year olds and some 2 year olds) due to the above issues you can take this survey.  The survey will help build a national picture of how many disabled children are missing out on their free early education entitlement, and why.
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