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Early years support in Harrow

There are many organisations, groups and schemes that can help if your child is aged up to five years old.

At this age, your health visitor is your key contact if you have concerns about your child’s development. You can also visit one of Harrow's Children's Centres for support and advice. They are the focal point for early years services, and offer early education and childcare, advice and support and child and family health services.

Children up to five years old often attend a pre-school, a school with a nursery class, a childminder or a day nursery. These are often described as settings, as they are not all based in schools but they do provide education and childcare.

To look for childcare which will support your child’s needs, please use our Family Information Directory. There is also a guide for parents to explain their rights to free childcare for young disabled children aged 2-4 years old. All settings must follow the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice 2014. They will have access to information about the best way to support your child in education and where you can go for specialist support when necessary.

If your child is pre-school age you can ask to discuss your concerns with the Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator (SENCo) in the pre-school setting.

For Early Years services available to people in Harrow, along with information about how to access them view the Portage Home Visiting Service.