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Petitioning Derby City Council

Grant 2 year old funding to all children with disabilities/special needs


My son has Celebral Palsy that affects all his limbs, cortical visual impairment and global delayed development. He is our only child he doesn't have much interaction with other children. I have tried to attend group sessions with 'normal' children but the stares and lack of understanding towards my sons behaviour and needs made me really uncomfortable and difficult to continue.

When he was granted funding for a place in The Light House Nursery ( specialist nursery for children with disabilities) we were over the moon. You can only get a place in the nursery with funding (basically you cannot pay for their services).Once a week he goes to the nursery and I cannot even begin to tell how far he has come. His vision is improving, rolling, trying to sit and interacting with other adults and children.

He has just turned 2 and we have been refused the 2year old funding due to the new criteria . This means he will not get 2days a week in nursery. The funding is offered to all children- whether they have disabilities or not. However it is really unfair that a child who needs specialist care, in an environment which is well equipt for their needs ,are not given an opportunity to develop more by increasing the number of days they are given to attend nursery.

Please help my son and many more children like him in our community that desperately need this funding at this age to develop the skills they need in the future

Letter to
Derby City Council
Grant 2 year old funding to all children with disabilities/special needs