Before school (0 - 5 years)

Below is a list of local support services and organisations that can work with you and your child.

:#: Children's Centres:#:


Each children’s centre accross York has a centre leader, children’s centre support workers, an information champion and a special educational needs champion (SEN Champion).

Families can access services both within children’s centres and through the outreach service, which works in local communities.

The children’s centres offer support for parent/carers with children under five including:

  • parenting support
  • information and advice
  • access to local services and childcare
  • small groups for specific programmes
  • access to child and family health services
  • help and advice for parents wanting to train or return to work

Children’s centres also work closely with other early years settings, offering training and support to ensure quality of childcare provision across the city.

For more information about York’s children’s centres, please contact York Family Information Service.

T: 01904 554444



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Staff working at York Hospital in the Child Development Centre (CDC) are likely to know your child well if your child has significant medical needs. They'll talk to you and may liaise with your child’s early years setting or school to ensure their needs are met and advice is shared. The team involved with your child could include a physiotherapist, speech and language therapist, occupational therapist and paediatrician, depending on your child’s needs. If your child attends CDC groups, a specialist early years teacher may also be involved.



:#: Early Years Settings
(Nurseries, Childminders and Playgroups) :#:


Most early years settings have a pre-school special educational needs coordinator (SENCo) or inclusion coordinator.They will talk to you about your child’s needs and how the setting can best support them. It's their responsibility to coordinate support for your child in the setting and to liaise with other professionals to ensure that all the needs of your child are planned for in advance.

Top tip - Find out who the SENCo or inclusion coordinator is at your local early years setting.

For further information about choosing childcare for children with special educational needs and disabilities please visit our childcare section.


:#: Free Early Years Entitlement Places :#:


View the Funded Childcare Places for Eligible Two Year Olds here.

View the Funded Childcare Places for Eligible Three and Four Year Olds here.

Click here to see how education settings in York will monitor your child's progression and development


:#: Ordinarily Available Provisions :#:


The Ordinarily Available Provisions document aims to set out:

  • Who shares responsibilities for identifying children / young people' needs and meeting them
  • What resources are available to educational settings in York
  • What types of ordinarily available provision can be made for children and young people
  • How requests for EHC needs assessment can be made


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Health visitors support all families with children who are pre-school, from pregnancy to starting school. The health visiting teams are based in children’s centres or NHS health clinics and they include health visitors, a staff nurse and child development workers.

The Health visiting team helps children and families to stay healthy and avoid illness. They work alongside GPs, midwives and other health and social care professionals, the voluntary sector and with families and communities to help parents to prepare for birth and adapt to the time ahead. Health visitors provide parenting support, enabling parent/carers to provide sensitive and effective parenting during the first months and years of life. They may see you at home, in health settings (including GP surgeries), and children’s centres. You can talk to your health visitor about any concern you may have about your pre-school child.



:#: Home Start (volunteers in your home):#:


Home Start York is a voluntary organisation that offers practical and emotional support to parents with pre-school children. The trained volunteers, who are parents themselves, provide home visits to families for a few hours each week. Home Start offers encouragement and reassurance to help parents grow in confidence and feel more able to cope. For more information and contact details, click here.

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:#: Nursery (Enhanced Resource Provision):#:


Due to the CYC Inclusion Review, St Paul’s Nursery Enhanced Resource Provision (ERP) will not be taking any new admissions for 2019/2020 at this time.

St Paul's Nursery is a maintained nursery school with an enhanced resource centre. Visit the nursery school's website for further information.

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St Paul's Nursery School - Contact information

T: 01904 555995





Where can I go if I am not happy with a service?

Follow the link here to find information on where to go and who you can talk to if you are not happy with a service or an EHCP.

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York Family Information Service and Information Service for Young People

01904 554444 / 01904 555400

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