Child development


Advances in neuroscience show that the foundations for emotional, social and cognitive development are laid in pregnancy and the early years, when the brain is a developing most rapidly.

GroBrain is a unique new range of resources for Early Years practitioners working with parents of babies pre-birth to age one.

You can find out more by visiting the GroBrain website

Early Years Special Educational Needs Team

Support children with Special Educational Needs in early years settings such as pre-schools, nurseries, childminders and parent and toddler groups.

This support includes advice, specific resources, and staff training.

We ensure continuity across the services who support your family so that everyone knows how best to support your child.


Portage is a home-visiting educational service for families with young children from birth to five who have special/additional needs. The success and popularity of Portage is based on the principle that it promotes parents as the key figures in the development of their child.

Portage is based in the home and is carefully structured, yet flexible approach which enables parents to support their own child’s development.

Child Safety

Children are our Nation’s most precious resource, but as children, they often lack the skills to protect themselves. It is our responsibility, as parents and teachers, to safeguard children and to teach them the skills to be safe. There are various organisations that can offer support and advice regarding keeping your child safe.

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA)

Are a registered charity and have been at the heart of accident prevention in the UK and around the world for almost 100 years. They promote safety and the prevention of accidents at work, at leisure, on the road, in the home and through safety education.

Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT)

Is the UK’s leading charity working to reduce the number of children and young people killed, disabled or seriously injured in accidents.

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