Support in the early years

We have lots of information to help you, your family and your child through the early years of their life.

Concerned about your child?

Visit our Concerned about your child? section to find advice on your child's sleep, behaviour, communication and more.

All about diagnosis

Our diagnosis section is for parents going through the process of trying to get a diagnosis for their child. As well as advice on how to go about getting a diagnosis, the section explains the support available for children who do not have a diagnosis.

Visit our diagnosis pages.  

Finding and paying for childcare

Visit our work and childcare section to find out your rights to good quality childcare and what adjustments you can expect providers to make for your child. The section includes information about free childcare schemes and help paying for childcare.

Visit our childcare pages.

Special educational needs (SEN) support in the early years

Childcare providers - also called 'early years settings' - must take steps to include and support children with SEN and medical conditions. This is the case whether the setting is a childminder, a pre-school, a nursery or any other type of mainstream childcare provider.

Find out what support your child is entitled to in early years settings