Early Years

Young children playing

The Early years foundation stage statutory framework (opens in a new window) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. Early years providers and reception classes follow this framework.  
You may become aware from an early age that your child may have special educational needs or disability (SEND) or your Health Visitor or your childcare provider may raise concerns.     
Providers of early years education, funded by a local authority, are required to have regard to the SEND Code of Practice (opens in a new window) 

The SEND Code of Practice states that ‘Providers must have arrangements in place to support children with SEN or disabilities. These arrangements should include a clear approach to identifying and responding to SEN.’
Below are links to details of the services and support available to parents and families in both Herefordshire and Worcestershire. These websites include further information on:  

  • Health
  • Childcare
  • Specialist Services
  • Holidays, play and leisure (Respite, short breaks and activities) 

Herefordshire- Educational support for early years (opens in a new window)

Worcestershire- Early years, birth to starting school (opens in a new window)

Starting Well Worcestershire- support for parents and families (opens in a new window)

Contact for families with disabled children (opens in a new window) are a national charity for families of children with additional needs. Their website has information, advice and details of family workshops and events (opens in a new window).

Contact us

Contact SENDIASS to talk to one of our advisers:

Please ensure that you contact the office of the county in which you live.