A Council-run service providing SEND support across all areas of need.

Supports children 0–5 years and Parents/ carers.

Referral reason: Family in need of support for a of a wide range of issues including support with the Early Years SEN Assessment Process, SEND 4 Step Parenting, Speech and Language, Explore, Play and Learn and signpost to appropriate Parenting programmes.

People involved: Family Centre workers including Children’s Centre Co-ordinators and Early Years Prevention workers

Offer: Depending on the family’s needs, support can vary from telephone contacts and support to access group-work, or the family may be allocated an Early Years Prevention worker to home visit and support the family for longer periods with regular contact.

How to refer

Everyone is welcome to attend events at Family Centres. More information is available at the Family Centres at the Sheffield City Council website.

Professionals – including early years providers and nurseries – are also able to refer people to the Early Years services. A simple Early Help referral form can be completed by emailing your local Family Centre HUB: 


Referrals are discussed at Early Years Partnership Triage meetings which are held weekly.