Early support

Services

Lincolnshire Family Services Directory offers an official guide for a child’s early years.         It covers many things, including:

  • Health visitor service.       Located at Health Centres & Children’s Centres etc. or can be contacted at single point access for children’s health: 01522 843000.       See introduction.
  • Two year old progress check
  • Assessment of need
  • Early education.

See also KIDS’ Support to find out about Lincolnshire Children’s Centres’ support group for pre-school children with additional needs.           Parents are asked to stay with their child for the first hour, then they are free to go wherever they wish for the last two hours.

Childcare

Click the icon to see the official Lincolnshire guide to childcare.         It includes providers of childcare and help with costs.

Here is a legal guide to help ensure parents do not miss out on free early years child care and education.        Click the PDF icon to see the guide.

  • Chapter 4 on finding free childcare might be of particular interest.
  • Chapter 9 goes through a number of possible problems and outlines what the law says about them.

For reference, here is Lincolnshire Council’s service plan for childcare providers.

Home teaching

Portage is a scheme for teaching pre-school children with special educational needs, new and useful skills in their own homes.         Click icon for more information.        Parents can refer their child directly.

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See also  School age  about special clothing.

Life Skills

This booklet offers a practical approach to help parents and carers develop life skills in their young children.        It is produced by Falkirk Council’s Children with Disabilities team.        To read this booklet click on the icon.

Early Support

Lincolnshire County Council provide an Early support, care and co-ordination service, or ESCO for short.        It is for children under eighteen with complex health needs or disabilities.       To book an ESCO Drop in clinic appointment, phone the Customer Service Centre number: 01522 782111.        Clinics are held monthly at Children’s Centres.

Click PDF icon for leaflet or graphic icon for web page.

Speech and Language

Click on  Speech and Language  to find out about speech and language development.

Experiences

Read about parents whose preschool-age children have either autism or Aspergers.

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