Early Years Support

Early Years Support recognises that some babies and children may need some additional support from education, health and care services at certain times in their lives. 

Early Years Support aims to facilitate early intervention, information sharing and planning across services for babies/children under the age of 5 years where support may be needed regarding their learning/development and or physical/medical needs with a named lead professional. 

The Early Years Support Team aim to ensure babies and children get the best start in life by offering advice and support at the beginning of their journey.

Parents/carers, practitioners such as a health visitor, family coordinator, SENCO or keyworker from an early years setting can make a request to the Early Years Support team (the link to the form is in the next section). 

Getting help from Early Years Support

Please refer to the Early Years Support Information Booklet below to help you to fill in a request for Early Years Support: 

Early Years Support Guidance (word 33kb)

Early Years Support Information Booklet (word 349kb)

GDPR Privacy Notice (word 55kb)

A request to Early Years Support can be made using the link below:

Request for Early Years Support (external council website)

A note to professionals: Parents have a wealth of knowledge about their child not only in their home environment but in a variety of other situations. In some cases it is parents who may first voice a concern about their child's learning or development. It is important to take into account the wishes, views and feelings of parents and promote their participation in decision making.

Early Years Support survey

 Early Years Support Survey (external council website) can be completed online at any time by parent/carers who are open to the service.

After completing the request for Early Years Support

Once the request has been submitted to Early Years Support, the team will meet and consider the information given and whether there are any further services that may be of help now or in the future. 

The team discussion will usually take place within four weeks (providing all supporting information has been received).

Following the Early Years Support team discussion, the person who made the request will receive the recommendations made by the team. The referrer must share these with the family at their earliest convenience. 

One of the recommendations the Early Years Support team may make is that a next steps discussion is held. This is an initial date set between parents/carers and the person who made the request to Early Years Support. This discussion will be facilitated by someone from the Early Years Support team or by the person who made the request. The discussion will be arranged at the family’s convenience and their preferred choice of venue. 

The discussion is the next step on from when the request was discussed by the Early Years Support team and enables parents/carers to discuss any concerns they may have, ask any questions about the services recommended at the team meeting and plan the next steps together. Parents/carers will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the Early Years Support process during the discussion. 

The next steps discussion will be small and informal and not all of the services recommended to support the family/currently supporting the family will be invited. 

Following the next steps discussion, the family may wish to have an Early Years Support family meeting. This will be the opportunity for parents/carers and all services supporting the family /due to support the family to come together.

The Early Years Support team may recommend Portage support for your baby/child. Portage is a home visiting early educational service for families who have a baby or young child (0-5 years) with additional needs. 

Further information about Portage is available. 

In some instances it may be useful to complete an Early Help Family Assessment which would look more in depth into wider family and sibling’s needs.    

Next step discussion and family meeting information (word 19kb)

East Riding Early Years Support Process flowchart (word 26kb)

Are you a 'lead professional'?

Lead professionals act as a single point of contact for a child and their family. A lead professional should be agreed in the next steps discussion or first family meeting. Typically the lead professional is the person who has the most contact or the best relationship with the family. 

The lead professional role can be undertaken jointly with another colleague from your team or another service.

The role of the lead professional is to:

  • act as a single point of contact
  • support the child and their family in making choices
  • work in partnership with other services
  • enable and empower the family in the way that is most effective for them
  • liaise with the family, Early Years Support team and other professionals on actions from family meetings.

It is not the responsibility of the lead professional to:

  • complete all of the agreed actions
  • continually chase practitioners to complete their actions.

The role of the lead professional in Early Years Support (word 140kb)

Factsheets for lead professionals (word 36kb)

Support Plan - revised Nov 2018 (word 133kb)

Inclusion Support templates for East Riding Early Years Education Providers.

If you are an early years setting provider and would like further advice /support relating to the lead professional role please contact your Area SENCO.

Contact details for the Area SENCO team can be found on the SENCO team" href="http://eastridinglocaloffer.org.uk/directory/?entry=area_senco">Area SENCO page.

Contact Details for Early Years Support Team

Tel: (01482) 392220

Email: eyst@eastriding.gov.uk