Recycling and rubbish collection days are also changing for some households in Mendip and South Somerset. Read about the changes and how they may affect you.

Free childcare for Special Guardians

  • 2-year-olds – If your child is 2 years old and has left care under a Special Guardianship Order, they are entitled to 15 hours of free childcare each week.
  • 3-year-olds and older – Children aged 3 and above qualify for 15 hours of free childcare during term time – which amounts to 38 weeks a year. Depending on your income, some parents may qualify for 30 hours of free childcare. Find out more.

School access priority

Schools prioritise children subject to Special Guardianship Orders on leaving care, allowing you to choose the school that best suits your child’s needs. Learn more about school admissions criteria.

Pupil premium

Early Years pupil premium:

Your child can benefit from the Early Years pupil premium – additional education funding to meet their needs.

Pupil premium:

Children who have left the care of a local authority in England or Wales are eligible for Pupil Premium Plus, worth £2,300 each year. This funding goes directly to schools to help raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap with their peers.

Virtual School Support

The Virtual School team provides advice and information to support children who were previously looked after but now have a Special Guardianship Order. They can advocate for you and your child around education challenges.

Contact them at

Special Educational Needs Assessment

If you suspect your child has special educational needs, Somerset Council can assess these needs.

Local Offer for Special Guardians

As a Special Guardian of a child with additional needs, Somerset’s Local Offer welcomes you to find support groups, activities, and information for your family. Explore Somerset’s Local Offer.

Last reviewed: December 15, 2023 by Jenny

Next review due: June 15, 2024

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