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Support in the Early Years

Early Help Wakefield has lots of information on what is available in Wakefield.
Hungry Little Minds is a Government site that gives ideas and support for children under 5
Contact provides a section specifically for getting support in the Early Years

The National Autistic Society provides information on the use of Visual supports to aid communication


ICAN can provide ideas on developing speech, language and communication.


The Communication Trust provides information and resources for parents/carers


Ambitious About Autism gives lots of tips, ideas and support for children with or who may be showing indicators of Autism.


Wakefield Homestart is an under 5's support service that may be able to help you.

The sensory stay and play sessions are targeted at children aged 0-5 years who have an identified social or communication need. 

Referrals to the groups are completed by the Health Visitor or Nursery Nurses within the Wakefield 0-19 children's services and families are invited to attend. 

You can find out more in our Health Visitor Sensory Group leaflet.


50 Things To Do helps parent/carers develop their home learning environment, suggesting a wide range of low-cost and no-cost local activities. The 50 Things approach improves early language and literacy, motor skills and resilience. As a result children thrive cognitively, physically and emotionally, and will be more ready for primary school.

Wakefield Families Together are a group of people and services who are working together to make it easier for you to find and access the support you need, at the earliest opportunity.

The Team Around Early Years (TAEY) brings together professionals from Wakefield Families Together who can support with worries and concerns around child's development, speech language and communication, physical health, emotional wellbeing, and behaviour.

Team around Early Years (TAEY)

Families working with the TAEY team have access to support from:

  • Childcare providers (nurseries, pre-schools, childminders)
  • Early Years Children First Coordinator
  • Area Early Years Special Educational Need Coordinator (SENCo)
  • Health Visitors

To find out more about the TAEY visit the webpage here.

Bookstart gives free books to every child in England and Wales at two key stages before school, as well as free packs for children with additional needs, tips and guidance on reading together, resources and activities, and much more.

Did you know your child may be entitled to a free education place? You can find out more on the Childcare Choices website. 

You can also read a leaflet on Information for Parents, Carers of 2, 3 and 4 year olds. This was created by Wakefield Council.

Last updated: 8/19/2022