Support For Parents with Children with Special Educational Needs

Special Educational Needs & Disability 

Sure Start Children’s Centres North Halifax Partnership are inclusive and accessible to all. All Children’s Centres throughout North and East and the Lower Valley welcome everyone to groups and sessions available throughout the centres.

Each centre has a named SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) who is there to offer support and guidance to parents/carers and children. If you require further information please contact your nearest Children’s Centre.

Our local offer is outlined on Calderdale Council’s Local offer page, please click the link:  this page has all the information you need on the support and services available to children and young people (birth to 25 yrs.) with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities. Calderdale Council also have a face book page and the link is:

As Children’s Centres we have good working relationships with a range professionals for example speech and language therapist, portage and health visitors.

DCATCH (Disabled Children Access to Childcare) is funding that can be applied for specifically for children between 0-5 years who have additional needs and may need some additional support, resources to make adaptations within the nursery environment in order for the child to access nursery provision. ( national association special educational needs )

Short Breaks

Short Breaks for Children &Young people.

A Short Break can give a child with an additional need the opportunity to have an enjoyable experience accessing local services with the support of a Personnel Assistant.

For further information or to see if your child/young person would qualify please contact Unique Ways’ Tel 01422 343090, email website link is

External organisations that offer Support for Parents and Carers

Once you click on the external website to view its content, we hope you will find it useful but Sure Start Children’s Centres North Halifax Partnership accept no responsibility for advice given by accessing these links

Autism Links – Useful links to information and resources, suggested and used by families with children and young people with Autism –

Brain injury Support and Resource Website – run by parents for parents the website offers information and support including:medical issues, nutrition, therapies, disability and family rights, holiday advice, equipment – Email :  tel 07543 914431

Calderdale blue badge scheme: A national arrangement of parking concessions for people with severe mobility problems to access goods and services by allowing them to park close to their destination – Tel: 01422 393000 –

Calderdale Welbeing Service – a charity working to improve the lives of adult carers throughout Calderdale – Suite 6B, Rimani House, 14-16 Hall Street, Halifax, HX1 5BD Tel 01422 369101 1  email

Calderdale Downs Syndrome Association – a support group for adults, children and young people with Downs Syndrome Tel: 01422 344987

Calderdale National Autistic Society – e-mail them at

Communication Matters – Aims to increase understanding, awareness and knowledge of the needs of people with complex communication needs –

Contact a Family – Learn from the experience of other parents of SEND children. Provides a wide range of advice and support for families with disabled children – Tel: 0808 808 3555  –

Huddersfield Downs Syndrome Association –

Shabang – Provide accessible arts sessions for children and young people with additional needs

Unique Ways is a parent led organisation that provides support and delivers a range of services to help parents and carers of children with additional needs. We exist for all families of disabled children and young people in Calderdale aged 0-25 who have special needs, ongoing health conditions, physical disabilities or learning disabilities, including those who are awaiting diagnosis.

Whether you want help to navigate the disability and SEN systems, speak to someone who has an idea of what you are going through, access training, meet new friends or have your opinion on local services hear, the team can help.

Contact Unique Ways on 01422 343090 OR EMAIL – web address: