Early Years

​This page tells you what support is available for very young children with special education needs and disabilities.

This page was last updated on 8/09/2021

The Early Years Team is made up of a range of staff who have expertise in various areas. We ensure the early years foundation stage (EYFS) is delivered by all early education and childcare providers to the standards required in the Early Years Code of Practice.

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Introduction to the Early Years Team

The Northumberland Early Years Local Offer is based upon 6 ‘key values’ that summarise the entitlement all children and their families can expect from Early Years providers across the county.

Click on each principle to learn more:

  1. Ethos

  2. Understanding the Child and their unique needs

  3. Partnership with Parents and Carers

  4. Building Staff Knowledge and Skills

  5. Providing Additional Support

  6. Partnership with other Professionals and Sources of Support


The following document outlines the guidance and practice early years providers follow, in order to help children and young people with SEND, and their families.

Please click here to view the Northumberland Early Years Guidance on delivering the Local Offer
If you are an early years provider, please explore the link below to find out more information and view resources available that can support Early Years children within their provision.

This includes the Northumberland Early Years Inclusion Toolkit, which provides an opportunity for staff and parents to plan a range of actions, strategies, and interventions together to offer a consistent graduated approach.


Find out about Early Years funding.

All funded entitlement information for 2, 3 and 4 year olds, including how to apply, can be found on our Northumberland Early Years SharePoint Site in the ‘Funding’ section – click here for information on how to access the site.
Early Years providers can also apply for additional funding from the Early Years Inclusion Fund if a child needs additional support.
If a child is in receipt of Disability Living Allowance their Early Years provider may be entitled to the Disability Access Fund.
Further information about additional funding and the Disability Access Fund can be found under the ‘Inclusive Practice and SEND’ section of the SharePoint Site.

Resources for parents and carers.

Families Information - Click here to access their page

Northumberland Information Advice and Support Services -  Click here to access their page

Foundation Years - Click here to access their page

Council for Disabled Children - Click here to access their page

Contact - Click here to access their page

Down's Syndrome:


Speech and language:

Find out about children's centres in the Northumberland area.

Sure Start Children's centres Northumberland

We have a number of children’s centres across Northumberland. We also have several play vans, packed with specialist equipment and materials to enable staff to support isolated communities.

Click here to find out more about our children's centres.

Here you can find information about health services available to young children in Northumberland.

Every family with children under five has a named health visitor. Their role is to offer support and encouragement to families through the early years - from pregnancy and birth, to primary school and beyond - to support you to stay healthy and avoid illness.

Click here to access their page.

The children’s speech and language therapy service supports children and young people up to 18 years old. The service is delivered in a number of ways by speech and language therapists, assistant speech and language therapists, by assistants in schools, and also through our home programmes.

Click here to access their page.

Occupational therapists help children and young people who experience difficulties in carrying out and participating in activities of everyday life. For example, their self care, school work and play.

Click here to access their page.
Information on Northumberland Inclusive Education Services

PLEASE NOTE: All requests for support require signed parental consent.

The Autism Support Team offers school based support to children and young people in Northumberland with social communication difficulties or a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Click here to access their page.

The Speech, Language and Communication Team of Northumberland County Council offer tailored support for children and young people whose spoken language difficulties are affecting their achievement and progress in school.

Click here to access their page.

The Emotional Wellbeing and Behaviour Support Service provides support and advice to schools and young people. This support is for those young people displaying challenging behaviour as a result of an underlying social, emotional or mental health need.

Click here to access their page.

Portage is a home teaching service for pre-school children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), helping parents and carers to support their child's learning. Here you can find out about the service, who uses it, and referrals

Click here to access their page.

The Northumberland Sensory Support Service is a team of specialist staff who work across the county with children and young people with hearing impairments (HI), vision impairments (VI) and multi-sensory impairments (MSI). Our aim is that all children make good progress, achieve well and enjoy their school and family life, and staff support the children and young people from 0-19 along with their families and schools/educational settings

Click here to access their page.