Early Years Services

Do you have a question about SEND?

We recognise that this will be a worrying time for families of young people with additional needs and are committed to helping you with any questions or enquiries you might have about SEND.
As most Council employees are now working from home in line with Government advice, please contact us using the 'Get in touch' form on the homepage.
This will make sure that your enquiry is passed to the right person and you receive an appropriate response as quickly as possible.

The Activities section has been removed temporarily. 

You can also access information via SEND - Local Offer Facebook Group


Updated 29th Jan 

Coronavirus: Childcare FAQs - The House of Commons Library

IASS - Service Update

You can contact the IASS Office on 01744 673428 between 9.30am and 3.30pm on Monday, Tuesday and Friday.

There is also a 24-hour answer machine on the same number; please leave a message and one of the IASS team will get back to you as soon as possible. We aim to answer all calls within 24 hours.
Due to unforeseen capacity issues IASS can not take any new referrals until further notice

EYQI Early Years Quality and Inclusion Team

Online training for early years practitioners




EY smart – a new, free online learning platform offering web-accessible CPD training, delivered in 10-minute chunks

PACEY worked with experts including The Open University and early years author, trainer and PACEY President, Penny Tassoni, MBE


All sectors free courses on Open Learn (The Open University)


SEND free resources

University of Cambridge

Play in Education development and Learning
PEDAL Hub is run by PEDAL (the Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development and Learning) at the Faculty of Education of the University of Cambridge. It will make play research, policy and practice from across the world accessible to teachers, non-governmental organisations, parents/carers, researchers, policy makers and play advocates. As well as containing play research articles, reports, policy documents and practical resources, PEDAL Hub also includes 'Play Pieces' – short summaries of current play research written by experts, all linked to relevant research papers.





 Teach from home, google resources in one place https://edu.google.com/latest-news/distance-learning/?modal_active=none
 NCPCC guidance on teaching from home https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/news/2020/march/undertaking-remote-teaching-safely/ 
 YouTube.com/Learning is a destination designed to offer teens and adults quality learning content. Here you will find Learning Playlists, which organize content into chapters and are designed to facilitate focused study, curated playlists ranging in subjects from physics to film making, and YouTube Learning Originals to spark your curiosity. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdxpofrI-dO6oYfsqHDHphw/about 

The Communication Trust

Speech, Language and Communication Resources


Resources to support provision reviewing their practice (ASD)

On line good information websites for early years practitioners  

Provides links to many free media and training on line.



Search on line:  museums virtual tours


Check St Helens library service, many free resources (audiobooks, comics, ebooks) available on line, members only.


EYQI Early Years Quality and Inclusion Team


Online guidance for parents
On line resources for 0-5

Simple, fun activities for kids, from newborn to five.

You’ll find some short videos and simple, fun activities that you and your child can do together.

We’ve broken down the activities by age, but no one knows your child better than you do. So you could pick and choose the ideas that feel right for you, adapt our suggestions or even come up with your own. And you can use whatever language you feel most comfortable with.


National Literacy Trust: Small Talk is a new project which helps parents turn the activities they are already doing with their child every day into new opportunities to build their child’s language skills.


BBC: Tiny Happy People is here to help you develop your child's communication skills. Explore our simple activities and play ideas and find out about their amazing early development.


Indoor activities- ideas to try


Simple and fun non- screen activities that children can do at home

Search ‘Pobble’

Free trials      On line games to help YR children with their decoding, blending. Different levels of difficulties  



Resources to support teaching all curriculum areas (downloadable worksheets)


Search: www.twinkl.co.uk/offer 



Epic! Books, videos, free 30 days trial

Phonics        Mr T’s Phonics  

You tube Search: Mr T’s phonics https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7sW4j8p7k9D_qRRMUsGqyw

Teach Your monster to read – phonics games

Computer version free 


Epicphonics, downloadable resources and online games – free


Letters and sounds – free resources for all phases of Letters and Sounds



Online phonics games, for some subscription is needed  https://www.phonicsbloom.com/uk/game/fishy-phonics?phase=2 
Starfall.com® opened in September 2002 as a free public service to teach children to read 



Educational videos/cartoons aimed at children




Literacy and maths videos aimed at children



Phonics: Alphablocks

Early Maths: Numberblocks



Storytelling   A selection of pictures with questions to encourage storytelling/role play/speech, language and communication development.  https://www.onceuponapicture.co.uk/portfolio_page/morning-surprise/ 

The Bridge Centre are continuing to work supporting children at home with their families and transitioning back to nursery, they are also supporting transitions to Reception. If you have any queries regarding services and assessments please contact them on 01744 673131, the office is open from 9am till 4pm, the lines can be busy at certain times so if you prefer you can email at bridge@sthelens.gov.uk with your name and child's name and a brief summary of the query and someone will get back you 


The purpose of the Local Offer is to enable parents and young people to see more clearly what services are available for children with special educational needs and disabilities in their area, and how to access them.

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