If your child is under five, they can be supported in a number of different ways through Early Years Action and Early Years Action Plus.
Your child could have an Individual Education Plan, or the nursery or playgroup they attend could use specialist materials.
The Inclusion Support Service can work with your child either in the early years setting they attend or sometimes in the home. You can find out more about the Inclusion Support Service in the support for schools section.
If your child has complex needs, they may be able to receive a home teaching programme provided by the Early Years Special Needs service. They are part of the Inclusion Support Service. The service will make an initial visit to share information about the service and your child’s needs. A decision will then be made about how often these visits should be and who your regular visitor will be. They will share ideas about how to help your child’s educational development, give you a range of useful information, bring toys and equipment to teach your child and listen and talk through any worries you may have. They can also help support your child’s introduction to school, nursery or playgroup.
You can contact the service yourself on tel: 01623 433334 or you can be referred by somebody else working with you, such as a Health Visitor, Doctor or Social Worker.
You can request a statutory assessment for your child from aged two.
Children’s Centres aim to bring as many services as possible under one roof, for families with children under five. The aim is to make services that are local and convenient for you. Children’s Centres will offer a wide range of services such as daycare, play and early learning for under 3s, health and family support and training opportunities. Children’s Centres will also work with the Inclusion Support Service.
At your local Children’s Centre, you may be able to get support with speech and language, breastfeeding support, parenting support, money advice or help with behaviour management. You will also get the chance to meet other parents and just have a chat!
To find out if there is a Children’s Centre near you, ring the Nottinghamshire Children’s Information Service on tel: 08449 80 80 80 or go to www.childcarelink.gov.uk/notts
Families Information Service
Families Information Services can provide you with information about quality childcare in your area. However, they are currently looking at ways to provide a wider range of information for parents and carers about all kinds of family support. So keep looking on the www.childcarelink.gov.uk/notts or look out for their leaflets to find out what’s there for you.