In Ealing, we want to ensure children in their early years receive the services and support they need to reach their full potential and get the very best start in life; so we've made changes to the way services work together.
Early Start Ealing is a service for families - pregnant mums, expectant dads, parents, babies and children up to the age of five; bringing together workers from children's centres, early years, health and other specialist services.
Early Start Ealing is an area-based service structured in line with local children’s services, working together to deliver integrated, services for children and their families, with a focus on prevention, promotion and Early Intervention including for children who may not meet expected milestones or those identified with Special Education Needs and/or Disabilities, including children who are undergoing assessment for their social and communication needs.
Early Start Ealing teams include:
- Health visitors and health visitor assistants
- Community nursery nurses
- Family support and family outreach workers
- Specialist workers including nurses from the Family Nurse Partnership, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and social workers.
Early Start Ealing teams work with GPs, midwives, schools, family support services and more.
Services offered include:
- Breastfeeding support groups
- Health visitor services (including pregnancy, newborn baby and child development checks).
- Baby and child health clinics
- Help with postnatal depression
- Speech and language support
- Parenting support and groups
- Support for teenage parents
- Play and activity based sessions for children
Some activities are drop-ins and other are by appointment or referral.
Early Start SEND Inclusion
Early Start SEND Inclusion workers are based within Early Start and offer targeted and specialist support to families of children with additional needs including children with social and communication differences. This support can be at home, or at the child's early years setting or both. The setting can also apply for SEN Inclusion Funding for children in their care , that can be used to enhance the setting and support them in developing staff skills, including strategies that can support individual children's needs and learning. The Early Start SEND team also run workshops for parents of children aged 0-5 with social communication differences, covering topics such as successful eating and toileting. You can also find out what groups and workshops are currently running by visiting the Events Page.
To access the Early Start service, speak to your health visitor or early years setting - they can refer you to the service. Alternatively, you can contact the Early Start teams directly.
Early Start Main Hub
firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 8102 5888
Southall & West Ealing Team
email@example.com / 074 9386 4723
Acton & Central Ealing Team
firstname.lastname@example.org / 073 9300 4542
Northolt & Greenford Team
email@example.com / 073 9141 4865
Ealing Family Information Service on 020 8825 5588 (Mon-Fri, 9am to 5pm)