Support for children aged 0-5


Young children with disabilities in a nursery

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. Both these services are provided by the council.

Find out more about children's public health services.

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 childminder. 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 documents below for more information.

Related documents

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.

Dene Communication Centre (DCC)


Dene Communication Centre (DCC), which is part of the authority-wide commissioned Language and Communication Team, is based within Benton Dene Schools.

Dene Communication Centre offers targeted, intensive, multi-agency intervention for nursery aged children who have identified speech, language and communication needs. This is an outreach provision into the child's current nursery setting. 

Places are allocated at a termly panel meeting, joint applications are made to this service, with parental consent, by the child’s nursery setting and their Speech and Language Therapist.

Telephone: (0191) 466 1814