This page tells you what support is available for very young children with special education needs and disabilities.
Click on each principle to learn more:
Understanding the Child and their unique needs
Partnership with Parents and Carers
Building Staff Knowledge and Skills
Providing Additional Support
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.
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.
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
Click here for Down's Syndrome North East
Click here for Down's Syndrome Association
Click here for National Autistic Society
Click here for Autism Northumberland
Speech and language:
Click here for ICAN’s Talking Point
Click here for Communication Trust
Click here to find out more about our children's centres.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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
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