Early years support for children under five
Some children have difficulties in their development and need some additional help and support, there is a range of support available.
Early education and childcare
There are many organisations and groups offering early education and childcare. These include day nurseries, preschools, nursery schools and childminders.
All early education providers must operate under the Early Years Foundation Stage. This means they are obliged to consider the specific needs of each child they look after in order to provide appropriate support. There is a guide designed to help you understand your rights to free childcare for disabled children.
Identifying and supporting children with SEN
If you are worried about any aspect of your child’s development speak to your health visitor, GP or someone at your local children’s centre.
If your child attends an early education setting, (such as a day nursery, pre-school or childminder) speak to your child’s key person. They are there to help and will also be aware of your child’s learning, development and care.
Health and developmental reviews
Every one year old and two year old child should be offered a health check. The check is an opportunity to discuss your child’s development with a member of the health service.
All two year olds attending an early education setting will have an Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) progress check. Your child’s key person (in the setting) will meet with you to discuss your child’s development and you will plan together how to help and support your child. If additional advice or support is needed this can be sought as early as possible.
Sometimes children are born with or develop complex illnesses or disabilities. Help can be found through the local offer localoffer.sutton.gov.uk or the Disabled Children's Service. Call AccessPoint on 020 8770 4690, email firstname.lastname@example.org or look at the website www.sutton.gov.uk/disabledchildren