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Support for children aged 0-5


Young children with disabilities in a nursery

Your child's first 5 years are a very important time for their development.  This is when special educational needs and disabilities are often identified for the first time. Getting the right support for you and your child at this time can make a real difference.

Health visitors and school nurses

Your Health Visitor can help make sure that you have the right health support to meet your child's needs. If your child is at school, your school's nurse can also assist.

Find out more about children's public health services.

Portage and pre-school home teaching

The portage and pre-school home teaching service is offered to young children with special needs. The service is available from your child's birth until they join a school-based nursery or reception class. The service can provide early years structured teaching and support parents and carers in promoting their child’s learning and development.

Your Health Visitor will be able to give you more information about this service.

Children’s Centres

Children's Centres provide access to health advice and support for parents and children, for example there are well baby clinics and a young parent’s group.

Early education and childcare

Most children aged 0-5 years, with special educational needs or disabilities have their early educational needs met in a nursery or with a child minder. A range of support is available to enable children aged 2 to 4 with special educational needs and disabilities to take up their funded childcare entitlements. See childcare for more information.

There is a range of support available to enable children aged 2, 3 and 4 years with special educational needs and disabilities to access their funded childcare entitlements. See the document below for more information.

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