Early Years Support

We recognise that some babies /children may need some additional support from education, health and care services at certain times in their life.  
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 /children get the best start in life by offering advice and support at the beginning of their journey.

View more information on Early Years Support in the Local Offer directory


Getting help from Early Years Support

You or a professional such as a health visitor can make a request to the Early Years Support team.
A request can be made using the electronic link.

Request for Early Years Support (external East Riding website)

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 Information Booklet (word 370kb, opens in a new window)

Early Years Support Privacy Notice (word 45kb, opens in a new window)


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

The Early Years Support survey can be completed on line at any time by parent /carers who are open to the service.
web: https://eastridingcouncil.researchfeedback.net/wh/s.asp?k=153717732304 (East Riding of Yorkshire Council website)

After completing the request for Early Years Support

Once you have submitted a request to Early Years Support, the team will discuss and consider the information you have given. The Early Years Support team discussion will usually take place within four weeks of the completed request being submitted.
The team is made up of a group of professionals from health, education and care services who meet fortnightly to discuss requests for Early Years Support.
Referrals to other services may be recommended during the team discussion and in agreement from parent/carers.
A member of the Early Years Support team will be identified to facilitate and coordinate a next steps discussion with parents/carers and the person who has made the request only. This discussion is informal and not all of the services recommended to support the family will be invited.
The discussion enables parents/carers to share any concerns they may have, ask any questions about the services recommended by the team and plan the next steps together.
Notes from the discussion will be made and shared with the services that are to begin supporting with the family.
A lead professional should be identified during the next steps discussion. The lead professional will act as a single point of contact and will liaise with parents/carers, Early Years Support and other services helping the family.
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.
Following the initial next steps discussion, further family meetings will be arranged as and when needed. These meetings will bring together all those involved with providing support to the child and family to jointly review support given and plan the next steps. These will then be formulated into a support plan and actions are agreed for people at the meeting to undertake within specific timescales. The support plan is designed to be flexible and reviewed as and when needed – there are no set timescales.

Next step discussion and family meeting information (word 17kb, opens in new window)

Early Years Support FAQs (word 20kb, opens in new window)

East Riding Early Years Support Process flowchart (word 32kb, opens in new window)

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:

  • 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 Lead Professional in Early Years Support (word 140kb, opens in new window)

My Termly Support Plan (word 126kb, opens in new window)

Tips for Writing an Early Years Support family plan (word 38kb, opens in a new window)

Fact sheets for lead professionals (word 36kb, opens in a new window)

Inclusion Support templates for East Riding Early Years Education Providers