Visiting support 

We are:

  • A specialist home visiting service for pre-school children with special educational needs


  • A support service to Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCO’s) in the Private, voluntary and independent (PVI) childcare sector across Nottingham City

What we do

EYFS SEND Home Visiting Support

  • We work in partnership with parents and carers so that they can support their child’s development
  • We take toys and equipment into the home and work with the child and parents/carers to help children to make progress in their development. Using evidence-based programs such as Portage
  • We support parents to break down developmental milestones into small achievable steps
  • We offer support, advice and strategies for parents to use at home
  • We suggest and model ways of encouraging positive behaviour
  • We devise joint aims for the child and family with other professionals
  • We support children as they transition from home to nursery
  • We aim to conclude support within six weeks of a child starting a playgroup or nursery
  • We work closely with the other specialist educational support teams including Educational Psychologists and the specialist teaching teams

Who do we work with?

We can support a child (and their family) if:

  • They live in the city of Nottingham
  • They are 0 to 4 years of age
  • They have a substantial and significant delay in two or more areas of their development
  • They have a recognised syndrome or disability
  • They do not attend a playgroup, nursery or other early years setting

Please note

We are unable to accept referrals for children that have medical problems but do not otherwise have a delay in their play or learning, or those with mild physical difficulties. These children's needs should be met by the relevant health services.

Who can refer for Home Visiting support?

We accept referrals from any professional working with the child where they have been given parental consent.

Referrals should be sent on the form:

Referral for a Nottingham city specialist support service for children in the early years

Please include on the form the child’s development and evidence of any delay in the relevant sections. This should be signed by Parents / Carers

EYFS SEND Setting Support

  • We give strategies to Early Years providers to support children attending Pre-school playgroups or nurseries. The setting support workers work closely with SENCOs in the PVI to support children in nurseries including offering accredited training to SENCO’s who are new in their role
  • We moderate all SEND funding applications from the PVI sector and administer the Disability Access Fund for all eligible 3 and 4 year old funded children claiming Disability Living Allowance in line with the Local Authority’s shared aim of increasing take up
  • We offer an introduction to SEND training course for all practitioners in the PVI, to give them an awareness of how to support children with SEND in their settings
  • We deliver and facilitate SENCO Networks for the PVI
  • We audit all SENCOs in the city to ensure the workforce is kept up to date with training and meeting statutory guidance and legislation

Who do we work with?

  • We work mainly with SENCOs in settings to support their skills and practice around children with additional needs
  • We will sometimes observe children in settings and advise the setting staff about how best to meet a child’s additional needs

Who can refer for setting support?

  • SENCOs in PVI settings can refer for setting support

Our Philosophy

We believe that:

  • All children can learn and achieve success
  • We should work at the stage of development that a child may be at and not their age
  • We should work positively and celebrate success, however small
  • In supporting parents we support the child
  • We should respect differences of race, culture, language, ability and lifestyle
  • We should acknowledge that parents have the right to be involved in all decision making about their child's education
  • We adhere to the SEND code of practice 0-25 and have regard to the Equality Act 2010



Dragon Court

1 Woolsthorpe Close






Secure Email:


Tel: 0115 876 5840

Useful Contacts

Inclusive Education Service


Tel: 0115 876 5311 or 0115 876 5340

Autism Team


Tel: 0115 876 5311

Learning Support


Tel: 0115 876 5311

Sensory Team




Tel: 0115 876 5340



Tel: 0115 876 5829

Educational Psychology


Tel: 0115 876 5829