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Early Learning Together Service

Early Learning Together is a home or group based early education service for children who, for any reason need extra support to learn and develop. The service is for babies from six months until they start their free early education at either age two or three years.

Early Learning Together works in partnership with parents to build on their knowledge so they increase their confidence to support the needs of their child.

The aim of the service is to eventually help the child take up a funded place at a childcare provider of the parent/carer's choice and to support the child’s transition into the group learning environment.

Early Learning Together is by referral from a family's health visitor, paediatrician, family support practitioner or social worker. It is provided by Suffolk County Council's Health and Children's Centre Service.

If you are a professional who wishes to refer a child for ELT, please download the referral form ("Request for Service") from the 'Downloads' section and email the completed form to earlylearningtogether@suffolk.gov.uk

Parents: Please see the leaflet for Parents in the 'Downloads' section.

For further information please contact your relevant Health and Children's Centre.

Who to contact

Name
Health and Children's Centres
Email
earlylearningtogether@suffolk.gov.uk
Website
https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/childrenscentres
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Address
Suffolk County Council, Endeavour House
Russell Road
Ipswich
Suffolk
Postcode
IP1 2BX

Where to go

Area served
Suffolk
Parking available
Yes

Days & Times

Time of day
Morning
Afternoon
Session Information
The service is planned specifically for each family

Other details

Referral required?
Yes
Referral and availability notes

To be considered for Early Learning Together the child must be at least 6 months old and not yet eligible for a free early education place. They must also meet at least one of the following criteria:

• Two areas of delay plus the parent/carers needing support to engage effectively with the child’s early learning (to be constantly assessed once service delivery commences).

• Any family who we believe will meet the eligibility criteria for a free early education place (for 2 year olds – this includes any child who is or has ever been a child in care) plus the parent/carers needing support to engage effectively with the child’s early learning (as above)

• Children placed in kinship arrangements

• Children on the edge of care (to improve interactions and to provide an additional protective factor)

• Children in ‘new’ foster placements

• Children with young parents (to increase the parent’s confidence in their ability to meet the child’s needs and to access universal services)

The child’s progress will be reviewed regularly with the parent/carers and their achievements celebrated. In the term before they become eligible for a funded early education place the worker, if required will provide help to access a childcare provider of the parent/carers choice and will support the child’s transition into the group learning environment.

If you are a professional who wishes to refer a child for ELT, please download the referral form from the 'Downloads' section and email the completed form to earlylearningtogether@suffolk.gov.uk

Age Groups
Pre-school
Related links
Suffolk Family Service Directory
Health and Children's Centres
Health visiting
Service users involved in planning
Yes
• We work with parents to discover the things their child can do and the areas where they need help.• Together with parents we will work out a programme to help the child develop new physical, social and communication, thinking and understanding and self- care skills.• We ask parents and children for their views, we listen to families and they help us improve the service we provide.
Last Updated
29/11/2017

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Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

Health and Children's Centres keep the needs of children and families at the heart of the service. Teams strive for every child to be included and for their individual needs to be met.

For the youngest children with additional needs we offer a home visiting or small group early education service (Early Learning Together). Our staff support parents/carers to play with their child in ways which will develop their skills and prepare them to access their funded pre-school, nursery or with a childminder.

We hope that parents and carers will:

  • Feel welcome to participate in all activities available to their families especially through their local Children’s Centre.
  • Have confidence that their local school / early years setting (mainstream or special) will provide their child with excellent care and early education and that he / she will be a valued member of the setting / school community.
Contact
Health and Children's Centres
Email
earlylearningtogether@suffolk.gov.uk
Links
Childcare information and support
National Portage Association
Activities Unlimited (opportunities for children with additional needs)
Conditions Supported
Autistic spectrum conditions
Communication difficulties
Health conditions
Learning difficulties
Mental health conditions
Physical disabilities
Sensory impairments

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