I think my child might need some help at nursery, school or post 16

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Every child is unique. They all learn and develop in different ways.

We understand that it can be difficult to know where to turn if your child is struggling at nursery or school. Or, if he or she is doing things differently than others in their class. Don't worry you are not alone.

Some children can struggle with:

  • reading, writing, number work or understanding information at school
  • expressing themselves, communicating or understanding what others are saying
  • making friends or relating to adults
  • sensitivities to certain sounds, sights, and textures
  • feeling overwhelmed, anxiety or their behaviour
  • understanding and following rules and routines
  • accessing classrooms, walking, muscular problems, balance, or coordination.

You may be feeling overwhelmed, and you need some support at nursery, school, college or sixth form. We're here to guide you to the right support at the right time.

If you feel that your child needs extra help, we recommend following these steps.

Who to talk to first

If you are worried about your child's development, the first step is to explore the support available. Why not take our simple quiz to see what to do next!

Take our quiz.

Talk to a professional who knows your child

The next step is to talk to your child's teacher, key person, or pecial educational needs coordinator (SENCO). Let them know what's on your mind if you have any concerns.

It’s a great way to find out what support can be put in place to help your child at nursery, school, sixth form or college. This could be extra help to support their needs in:

  • reading
  • writing
  • communication
  • social, emotional, and mental health
  • physical disabilities.

Remember they're here for you and your child. See what help is available at your child's: