Early Years

Our Early Years services work with babies and young children from birth to five and include encouraging children to play together and have fun whilst also promoting motor skills and communication development.  We also support parents to develop the necessary skills to care for their child and promote their development. This can be:

Home Learning, or Portage

Home learning, also known as Portage, is an early education intervention programme which recognises parents as the main educators for their child. The service is for disabled children aged up to five years (mainly pre-nursery stage) or whose development is causing concern.

In partnership with parents, we plan individual programmes for each child. Weekly or fortnightly visits are made where toys and equipment are left for the family to work on during the week. The activities are based on the toys and equipment. We focus on encouraging the child to reach the next stage of their development. All achievements, large or small, are celebrated! Find out more....

Key working

The key worker service is offered to those families who have a child with severe and complex needs where there are a number of professionals involved. The key worker will work in partnership with families to oversee and coordinate the delivery of these services and provide families with a single point of contact for information and advice and for emotional and practical support. Find out more....

Nurseries and creches

KIDS nurseries and crèches are inclusive, providing quality child care for both disabled and non-disabled children. Staff work in partnership with parents, carers and other agencies involved with the children. The individual requirements of each child is catered for through programmes and specific next steps for them. Find out more....

Children's Centres

We have experienced staff working in many Children’s Centres and other settings. They provide practical, emotional and advisory support and additional information on services available to the families of disabled children, particularly younger children who may have recently been assessed as having additional needs. We work in partnership with other colleagues and professionals who can provide a range of other services as required.


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