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Children under 5

Camden offers services to all families with children under 5 years old (including expecting mothers) and specialist services for children with special needs and disabilities.

Who to talk to first

If your child isn't attending nursery or pre-school and you have concerns about your child's development talk to your health visitor or doctor. If you feel you need general help or support contact your local Children's Centre.

If your child is going to nursery or pre-school: speak to your child's key worker if you have concerns about your child’s progress or contact the nursery's SENCO (Special Educational Needs coordinator).

If health problems are affecting your child's learning: contact your doctor (for example hearing loss).

There is further information on organisations you may have contact with on the right hand side of this page. Some of them accept direct enquires from parents and carers, others are by professional referral only.

To find out about services for children under 5 and their families in Camden's Children's Centres click here.



Children's development

As a starting you may find the Parent's Guide to What to Expect When helpful.

You can also view the NHS interactive guide to child development from birth to five years old which includes videos and advice for parents.

Support after receiving a diagnosis

If you'd like to talk to someone who has first-hand experience of a child with SEND contact Camden Special Parents Forum who can offer emotional and practical support for parent carers.

For information, advice and support on any element of your child's SEND contact Camden SENDIASS (Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service) by calling 0207 974 6264.

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