Early years support

Parents, carers and practitioners can contact Early Years Support via the following e-mail address:

Emails will be picked up by support services and a notification will be sent to the appropriate person to respond to your query.

Please note: we no longer have access to any of our previous contact numbers/messaging services.

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 practitioner.

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.

Early Years Support Pathway (pdf 119kb)

When should a request be made to Early Years Support?

  • Where support may be needed regarding a baby/child’s learning/development and or physical/medical needs
  • If you are a Health practitioner who is notifying the Local Authority a child under 5 years old has / may have additional needs as per your legal duty
  • To request involvement from the Early Years Inclusion Team
  • To request Portage support.

Early Years Support FAQs (pdf 117kb)

Early Years Support Pathway (pdf 119kb)

How to make a request to Early Years Support

If you are a Health Practitioner who is notifying the Local Authority that a child has/may have an SEND and are not requesting any further support or services at this time - please complete the Section 23 notification form.

The Section 23 form can be completed for a child living in the East Riding of Yorkshire who has attended health appointments within their own Local Authority or neighbouring Local Authority.

Please note: that by completing and submitting this form to Early Years Support:

  • the form will be used to notify East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) that a child may have SEND
  • health practitioners must ensure they discuss with parents the issues in S23 (2) and S23 (4), and record this on the form before the form is sent to ERYC
  • health practitioner must confirm that parent/carers agree for the ERYC Early Years Support Team to contact the Health Visitor to complete an Early Years Support Request, if appropriate, with the family
  • the form and information will be stored by the ERYC Early Years Support team.

Health practitioners should:

  • complete this form with parents, either at clinic, or virtually
  • ensure that the parent/carer e-mail address is given on the form to enable the family to receive a copy of the Section 23 notification (below):

Section 23 Guidance Notes/Notification Form (pdf 89kb)

Section 23 Notification Form (external council website)

If you are a parent/carer or practitioner who would like to request further support - you need to complete a request to the Early Years Support team.

On the form there are two ways to make a request to the Early Years Support team. This can be done by completing the boxes as below:

1. Universal Plus request – You are a making the request for information only and are not requesting any further support/services at this time. Your request will not be discussed by the Early Years Support team.

Area SENCO team can provide support/advice to the early years setting as required. Lead Practitioner to notify Early Years Support team should further support/services be required.

Universal plus requests can be completed by parents, carers and practitioners who are not in a health profession.

2. Practitioner making the request for a Partnership response – your request will be discussed by the Early Years Support team

Further support/services such as Portage, Children’s Centre maybe recommended.

Contact will be made from the Early Years Support team to explore the child and family’s needs through an initial next steps discussion. Subsequent termly family meetings held to review the support plan.

Partnership response is coordinated by the Lead Practitioner to enable effective communication. Area SENCO team to provide support/advice to the early years setting as required.

A request to Early Years Support can be made below. You need an account to complete the form. If you last used your account before August 2023 you will need to register again. Please continue, and follow the instructions when prompted.

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

Guidance Notes for Making a Request (pdf 179kb)

Early Years Support Information Booklet (pdf 566kb)

GDPR Privacy Notice Early Years Inclusion team (pdf 94kb)

A note for practitioners: parent/carers 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 parent/carers and promote their participation in decision making when making a request to Early Years Support.

After completing the request for Early Years Support

Once the request has been submitted to Early Years Support, the family and referrer will receive an e-mail advising of the meeting date their request will be discussed by the team.

How are requests discussed and outcomes agreed?

The Early Years Support team meet on a fortnightly basis and consider the information given in the request and whether there are any further services that may be of help now or in the future.

Early Years Support may recommend further support such as Portage 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.

Following the discussion, the family and the person who made the request will receive the recommendations made by the team.

A next steps discussion, family meeting or review discussion maybe recommended as part of the outcomes.

Next Steps Discussion and family meeting information (pdf 62kb)

A lead practitioner should be agreed in the next steps discussion or first family meeting. The lead practitioner will act as a single point of contact for the family.

When will Early Years Support end?

Children remain open to Early Years Support until the term after they are 5 years old.

Families may not have continued contact direct from the Early Years Support team but should have regular family meetings where support plans are reviewed which are coordinated by their named lead practitioner.

Transitioning from Early Years Support (pdf 141kb)

Early Years Support may support early years settings with all transitions including between rooms within your setting, transitions to other settings and into school via the Area SENCO team.

A guide to transition in the Early Years can support you and your family:

Early Years Transition Guide (pdf 1.5mb)

Early Years Support Transition Meeting Notes (pdf 92kb)

Early Years Support survey

Parent/carer views are very important to us and for those who have experienced a request being made to Early Years Support, had a next steps discussion and/or been involved in an Early Years Support family meeting to review a termly support plan, we would like to encourage you to share your views and experiences of the Early Years Support process.

The questionnaire can be completed online at any time by parent/carers who are open to the service, and should take no longer than 5 minutes by following the link below:

Early Years Support Survey (external council website)

The survey can be completed as many times as you wish and at any stage of your child’s Early Years Support journey.

Your feedback in the survey will be used to influence how East Riding Early Support is developed at a local level and to improve partnership working.

Information and resources for lead practitioners

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

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

The role of the lead practitioner 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 practitioners on actions from family meetings.

The Role of the Lead Practitioner in Early Years Support (pdf 87kb)

Planning a Family Meeting Factsheet (pdf 105kb)

Termly Support Plan (pdf 200kb)

Contact details for Early Years Support team


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

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