Specialist support for children aged 0-5 years who have a special educational need or disability.
How to get support
If you think a child aged 0 to 5 has special educational needs, they can be assessed for support.
If they are in a nursery or other pre school setting then speak to the Special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO)/Manager.
If they are not in a nursery or preschool setting then speak to your gp or health visitor.
Most children will be able to attend a local nursery or childminder. See Choosing childcare for further information.
There are specialist services that can support your child either in nursery/setting or at home.
Support can include:
How to refer a child
Each service will have its own criteria and referral process listed on its page.
If you’re a professional like a teacher, doctor or social worker, you can only refer a child once you have parental consent.
Specialist services may talk to you about further referrals or more detailed assessments they think maybe needed. This is called a statutory assessment.