Team around the Early Years Setting

Team around the Early Years Settings logo

The aim of this project is to facilitate better communication and stronger working relationships between Early Years Providers and other appropriate professionals, in order to better support children and families at an early stage (pre-Early Help or Early Help level). 

The outcomes we are looking to achieve are:

  • Increased knowledge and confidence around early support amongst Early Years professionals
  • Increased number of Early Help initiations and pre-Early Help support interventions in Early Years
  • Improved relationships between Early Help professionals and other professionals supporting families and children

The impact of this project will be:

  • Families are supported to find solutions to difficulties at an early stage
  • Less families with young children reach crisis point
  • Less families with young children are subject to statutory interventions


Why is this project needed?

The number of children subject to statutory interventions is skewed for 0 to 5s - there are a high proportion of children on Child Protection and Child in Need Plans but a relatively low proportion of initiations of Early Help assessments for children within the Early Years. This may be partly due to a low number of Early Help referrals and initiations from the Early Years sector.  The Council is seeking to reduce the need for statutory interventions for families and children.  This project seeks to redress this balance.

Training around Signs of Wellbeing and the Early Help Agenda has been identified as a training need for the Early Years sector and engagement will be strengthened by having some sector specific training and support to access multiagency training

There is strong support from Early Years Providers for increased engagement and joint working with partners in order to better support children and families


Key agencies and their contact details by area:

Early Help Team

The Early Help Team support practitioners to understand the importance of Early Help, provide advice and support the initiation and coordination where necessary. The team can support through one-to-one meetings, group work with a team, training and advice and guidance.

Karen Ross

Karen.Ross@cumbria.gov.uk

07885 405708

Early Years Team

The Early Years Team has a responsibility for ensuring that high quality early years and childcare provision is available and accessible to all families with young children. The team provide training, advice and support to early years providers, schools and voluntary sector providers to help each child in Cumbria to receive the best start possible. Early Years SENCOs provide support to individual children with SEND as part of a Team around the Family.

The Early Years Team also support the development of Personal Education Plans (PEPS) for looked after children aged 0 - 5 years

Allerdale team contacts

0-19 Children and Family support Service - Family Action

Family Action provide a range of universal and targeted interventions to help keep children safe, healthy and achieving. For children and families in the early years, this includes early play and learning activities, support for children with SEND such as Portage and 'Let's get talking' groups, as well as parenting support, information and advice. The team use an early help approach to provide a range of support at an early stage to help prevent problems developing further.

Allerdale@family-action.org.uk

01900 810869

Family Action Allerdale 0-19 Children and Family Support Service - Home | Facebook

Health Visiting Team

Health Visitors provide a supportive outreach service for children and families under five years.  They work in the community and families with children under 5 always have a named Health Visitor that they can ask for advice. Health Visitors often identify children that will need this enhanced support and work with other agencies ensuring the families get the support needed and ensure a smooth transition to school with all the appropriate support required.

Child Health Business support 

Contact number: 01900 705253 

Email: ncm-0-5admineast@nhs.net

Children's Speech and Language Therapy Service

Speech and Language Therapists (SALTs) work with children and young people up to the age of 19 who have speech, language and communication needs. They can also help if a child has difficulties eating, drinking or swallowing.

North and West Cumbria Advice line open Tuesdays 1.00pm to 4.00pm 

Phone: 01228 608177

Email: ncm-tr.NorthCumbriaCommunicates@nhs.net

Children's Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapists help children and young people who have difficulty doing everyday activities. This can be things like getting dressed, school work or playing Footsteps Child Development Centre

Footsteps Child Development Centre
West Cumberland Hospital
Hensingham
Whitehaven
CA28 8JG

01946 68551

Children's Physiotherapy

The Children's Physiotherapy team help to restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability. They work with children and young people up to the age of 19. Footsteps Child Development Centre

Footsteps Child Development Centre
West Cumberland Hospital
Hensingham
Whitehaven
CA28 8JG

01946 68551

Child Centred Policing Team

The Child Centred Policing team aims to identify the need for support and intervention at the earliest opportunity and to improve the lives of children and young people within our communities, to prevent offending and anti- social behaviour, safeguard and understand Adverse Childhood experience's(ACES) adopting a Trauma informed Approach 

West Cumbria Child Centred Policing Team

westccp@cumbria.police.uk

Children's Social Care

This service area includes early intervention and targeted support for children and families; child protection, safeguarding, fostering and adoption services, and services for children looked after.

Allerdale Support and Protection Teams

01900 706444/706333

West Cumbria Safeguarding Hub

0333 240 1727

Midwifery Team

Community midwives contact numbers:

Cockermouth: 01900 705760

Keswick and Penrith: 01768 245558

Maryport: 01900 811840

Wigton: 016973 66609

Workington: 01900 705033

Educational Psychology

The County Psychological Service makes its distinctive contribution through applying psychology to help people solve problems and improve learning, working with both individuals and schools and settings. 

Educational Psychologists offer a range of services including consultation to staff in schools and early years settings, and support for specific needs such as following a bereavement.

CPSandSATS@cumbria.gov.uk

Early Help Team 

The Early Help Team support practitioners to understand the importance of Early Help, provide advice and support the initiation and coordination where necessary. 

The team can support through one-to-one meetings, group work with a team, training and advice and guidance.

Maggie Williams 

Margaret.Williams@cumbria.gov.uk 

03003 033 896

Early Years Team 

The Early Years Team has a responsibility for ensuring that high quality early years and childcare provision is available and accessible to all families with young children. 

The team provide training, advice and support to early years providers, schools and voluntary sector providers to help each child in Cumbria to receive the best start possible. 

Early Years SENCOs provide support to individual children with SEND as part of a Team around the Family.

The Early Years Team also support the development of Personal Education Plans (PEPS) for looked after children aged 0 - 5 years

Barrow team contacts

0-19 Children and Family support Service

Family Action Family Action provide a range of universal and targeted interventions to help keep children safe, healthy and achieving. For children and families in the early years, this includes early play and learning activities, support for children with SEND such as Portage and 'Let's get talking' groups, as well as parenting support, information and advice. The team use an early help approach to provide a range of support at an early stage to help prevent problems developing further. 

Telephone: 01229 821855

E-mail barrow@family-action.org.uk

Barrow support Facebook page

Health Visiting Team

Health Visitors provide a supportive outreach service for children and families under five years.  They work in the community and families with children under 5 always have a named Health Visitor that they can ask for advice.  

Health Visitors often identify children that will need this enhanced support and work with other agencies ensuring the families get the support needed and ensure a smooth transition to school with all the appropriate support required.

Central team 01229 404595

Hindpool team 01229 409624

Dalton team 01229 407770

Furness HV Facebook page 

Children's Speech and Language Therapy Service

Speech and Language Therapists (SALTs) work with children and young people up to the age of 19 who have speech, language and communication needs. They can also help if a child has difficulties eating, drinking or swallowing.

Telephone 01229 402 700

E-mail ncm-tr.admin.ahc@nhs.net

Cumbria Communicates Facebook page

Children's Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapists help children and young people who have difficulty doing everyday activities. This can be things like getting dressed, school work or playing.

Alfred Barrow Health Centre
Duke Street
Barrow in Furness
LA14 4LF

01229 409627

Children's Physiotherapy

The Children's Physiotherapy team help to restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability. They work with children and young people up to the age of 19.

Alfred Barrow Health Centre
Duke Street
Barrow in Furness
LA14 4LF

01229 409627

Child Centred Policing Team

The Child Centred Policing team aims to identify the need for support and intervention at the earliest opportunity and to improve the lives of children and young people within our communities, to prevent offending and anti- social behaviour, safeguard and understand Adverse Childhood experience's(ACES) adopting a Trauma informed Approach 

South Cumbria Child Centred Policing Team

SouthCCP@cumbria.police.uk

Children's Social Care

This service area includes early intervention and targeted support for children and families; child protection, safeguarding, fostering and adoption services, and services for children looked after.

Barrow Support and Protection Teams

01229 408100

Safeguarding Hub

0333 240 1727

Midwifery Team

Community midwives contact

Jane Heath -  Jane.Heath@mbht.nhs.uk

Educational Psychology

The County Psychological Service makes its distinctive contribution through applying psychology to help people solve problems and improve learning, working with both individuals and schools and settings. 

Educational Psychologists offer a range of services including consultation to staff in schools and early years settings, and support for specific needs such as following a bereavement.

CPSandSATS@cumbria.gov.uk

Early Help Team

The Early Help Team support practitioners to understand the importance of Early Help, provide advice and support the initiation and coordination where necessary. 

The team can support through one-to-one meetings, group work with a team, training and advice and guidance.

Steve Kemp  

Steven.Kemp@cumbria.gov.uk

03003 033 896

Early Years Team

The Early Years Team has a responsibility for ensuring that high quality early years and childcare provision is available and accessible to all families with young children. 

The team provide training, advice and support to early years providers, schools and voluntary sector providers to help each child in Cumbria to receive the best start possible. 

Early Years SENCOs provide support to individual children with SEND as part of a Team around the Family.

 The Early Years Team also support the development of Personal Education Plans (PEPS) for looked after children aged 0 - 5 years.

Carlisle team contacts

0-19 Children and Family support Service - Family Action

Family Action provide a range of universal and targeted interventions to help keep children safe, healthy and achieving. For children and families in the early years, this includes early play and learning activities, support for children with SEND such as Portage and 'Let's get talking' groups, as well as parenting support, information and advice. The team use an early help approach to provide a range of support at an early stage to help prevent problems developing further.

Carlisle@family-action.org.uk

07734 003 789

Family Action Carlisle 0-19 Children & Family Support Service on Facebook

Health Visiting Team

Health Visitors provide a supportive outreach service for children and families under five years.  They work in the community and families with children under 5 always have a named Health Visitor that they can ask for advice.  

Health Visitors often identify children that will need this enhanced support and work with other agencies ensuring the families get the support needed and ensure a smooth transition to school with all the appropriate support required.

Child Health Business support contact 

Phone: 01228 608157 and 608159

ChildrensAdmin@ncic.nhs.uk

Children's Speech and Language Therapy Service

Speech and Language Therapists (SALTs) work with children and young people up to the age of 19 who have speech, language and communication needs. They can also help if a child has difficulties eating, drinking or swallowing.

North and West Cumbria Advice line open Tuesdays 1:00 - 4:00: Phone 01228 608177 

ncm-tr.NorthCumbriaCommunicates@nhs.net

Children's Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapists help children and young people who have difficulty doing everyday activities. This can be things like getting dressed, school work or playing.

Springboard Child Development Centre
Orton Road
Carlisle
CA2 7HE
01228 608110

Children's Physiotherapy

The Children's Physiotherapy team help to restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability. They work with children and young people up to the age of 19.

Springboard Child Development Centre
Orton Road
Carlisle
CA2 7HE
01228 608110

Child Centred Policing Team

The Child Centred Policing team aims to identify the need for support and intervention at the earliest opportunity and to improve the lives of children and young people within our communities, to prevent offending and anti- social behaviour, safeguard and understand Adverse Childhood experience's(ACES) adopting a Trauma informed Approach.

Children's Social Care 

This service area includes early intervention and targeted support for children and families; child protection, safeguarding, fostering and adoption services, and services for children looked after.

Cumbria Support and Protection Team

cafcebs@cumbria.gov.uk

01228 226633 

Cumbria Safeguarding Hub 

0333 2401727

Midwifery Team

Community midwives contact numbers:

Educational Psychology

The County Psychological Service makes its distinctive contribution through applying psychology to help people solve problems and improve learning, working with both individuals and schools and settings. 

Educational Psychologists offer a range of services including consultation to staff in schools and early years settings, and support for specific needs such as following a bereavement.

CPSandSATS@cumbria.gov.uk

Early Help Team 

The Early Help Team support practitioners to understand the importance of Early Help, provide advice and support the initiation and coordination where necessary. 

The team can support through one-to-one meetings, group work with a team, training and advice and guidance. 

Karen Ross 

Karen.Ross@cumbria.gov.uk 

07885 405708

Early Years Team 

The Early Years Team has a responsibility for ensuring that high quality early years and childcare provision is available and accessible to all families with young children. 

The team provide training, advice and support to early years providers, schools and voluntary sector providers to help each child in Cumbria to receive the best start possible. 

Early Years SENCOs provide support to individual children with SEND as part of a Team around the Family.

The Early Years Team also support the development of Personal Education Plans (PEPS) for looked after children aged 0 - 5 years

Information for Early Years Providers

0-19 Children and Family support Service 

Family Action Family Action provide a range of universal and targeted interventions to help keep children safe, healthy and achieving. For children and families in the early years, this includes early play and learning activities, support for children with SEND such as Portage and 'Let's get talking' groups, as well as parenting support, information and advice. The team use an early help approach to provide a range of support at an early stage to help prevent problems developing further. E-mail Copeland@family-action.org.uk

Phone 01946 823896

Copeland Facebook page

Health Visiting Team 

Health Visitors provide a supportive outreach service for children and families under five years.  They work in the community and families with children under 5 always have a named Health Visitor that they can ask for advice.  

Health Visitors often identify children that will need this enhanced support and work with other agencies ensuring the families get the support needed and ensure a smooth transition to school with all the appropriate support required. 

Copeland Health Visiting Team - 01946 814434.

Children's Speech and Language Therapy Service 

Speech and Language Therapists (SALTs) work with children and young people up to the age of 19 who have speech, language and communication needs. They can also help if a child has difficulties eating, drinking or swallowing. North and West Cumbria Advice line open Tuesdays 1pm to 4pm - Phone 01228 608177 

Email: ncm-tr.NorthCumbriaCommunicates@nhs.net

Children's Occupational Therapy 

Occupational Therapists help children and young people who have difficulty doing everyday activities. This can be things like getting dressed, school work or playing Footsteps Child Development Centre

Footsteps Child Development Centre
West Cumberland Hospital
Hensingham
Whitehaven
CA28 8JG

01946 68551

Children's Physiotherapy

The Children's Physiotherapy team help to restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability. They work with children and young people up to the age of 19. Footsteps Child Development Centre

Footsteps Child Development Centre
West Cumberland Hospital
Hensingham
Whitehaven
CA28 8JG

01946 68551

Child Centred Policing Team

The Child Centred Policing team aims to identify the need for support and intervention at the earliest opportunity and to improve the lives of children and young people within our communities, to prevent offending and anti- social behaviour, safeguard and understand Adverse Childhood experience's(ACES) adopting a Trauma informed Approach.

West Cumbria Child Centred Policing Team

westccp@cumbria.police.uk

Children's Social Care

This service area includes early intervention and targeted support for children and families; child protection, safeguarding, fostering and adoption services, and services for children looked after

Copeland Support and Protection Teams 

01946 506260/505567

Safeguarding Hub

0333 240 1727

Midwifery Team

Community midwives contact numbers:

01946 523229

Educational Psychology

The County Psychological Service makes its distinctive contribution through applying psychology to help people solve problems and improve learning, working with both individuals and schools and settings. 

Educational Psychologists offer a range of services including consultation to staff in schools and early years settings, and support for specific needs such as following a bereavement.

CPSandSATS@cumbria.gov.uk

Early Help Team 

The Early Help Team support practitioners to understand the importance of Early Help, provide advice and support the initiation and coordination where necessary. 

The team can support through one-to-one meetings, group work with a team, training and advice and guidance. 

Steve Kemp  

Steven.Kemp@cumbria.gov.uk

03003 033 896

Early Years Team 

The Early Years Team has a responsibility for ensuring that high quality early years and childcare provision is available and accessible to all families with young children. 

The team provide training, advice and support to early years providers, schools and voluntary sector providers to help each child in Cumbria to receive the best start possible. 

Early Years SENCOs provide support to individual children with SEND as part of a Team around the Family.

The Early Years Team also support the development of Personal Education Plans (PEPS) for looked after children aged 0 - 5 years

Carlisle and Eden team contacts

0-19 Children and Family support Service - Barnardo's

enquiries.eden@barnardos.org.uk

07734 003 789

Health Visiting Team

Health Visitors provide a supportive outreach service for children and families under five years.  They work in the community and families with children under 5 always have a named Health Visitor that they can ask for advice.  

Health Visitors often identify children that will need this enhanced support and work with other agencies ensuring the families get the support needed and ensure a smooth transition to school with all the appropriate support required.

Child Health Business support contact 

Phone: 01228 608157 and 608159

email ChildrensAdmin@ncic.nhs.uk

Alston: 01768 245615

Appleby: 01768 354964

Penrith: 01768 245615

Children's Speech and Language Therapy Service

Speech and Language Therapists (SALTs) work with children and young people up to the age of 19 who have speech, language and communication needs. They can also help if a child has difficulties eating, drinking or swallowing. North and West Cumbria Advice line open Tuesdays 1pm to 4pm 

Phone 01228 608177 

Email: ncm-tr.NorthCumbriaCommunicates@nhs.net

Children's Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapists help children and young people who have difficulty doing everyday activities. This can be things like getting dressed, school work or playing.

Springboard Child Development Centre
Orton Road
Carlisle
CA2 7HE

01228 608110

Children's Physiotherapy

The Children's Physiotherapy team help to restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability. They work with children and young people up to the age of 19.

Springboard Child Development Centre
Orton Road
Carlisle
CA2 7HE

01228 608110

Child Centred Policing Team

The Child Centred Policing team aims to identify the need for support and intervention at the earliest opportunity and to improve the lives of children and young people within our communities, to prevent offending and anti- social behaviour, safeguard and understand Adverse Childhood experience's(ACES) adopting a Trauma informed Approach.

Children's Social Care

This service area includes early intervention and targeted support for children and families; child protection, safeguarding, fostering and adoption services, and services for children looked after

Cumbria Support and Protection Team

Email: cafcebs@cumbria.gov.uk

01228 226633 

Cumbria Safeguarding Hub 

0333 2401727

Midwifery Team

Community midwives contact numbers:

Appleby: 01768 54959

Penrith Birth Centre
Bridge Lane
Penrith
CA11 8HX

01768 245558

Educational Psychology

The County Psychological Service makes its distinctive contribution through applying psychology to help people solve problems and improve learning, working with both individuals and schools and settings. 

Educational Psychologists offer a range of services including consultation to staff in schools and early years settings, and support for specific needs such as following a bereavement.

CPSandSATS@cumbria.gov.uk

Early Help Team 

The Early Help Team support practitioners to understand the importance of Early Help, provide advice and support the initiation and coordination where necessary. 

The team can support through one-to-one meetings, group work with a team, training and advice and guidance. 

Maggie Williams 

Margaret.Williams@cumbria.gov.uk 

03003 033 896

Nicola Jackson (temporary cover - Furness and South Lakes) 07825 011005

nicola.jackson@cumbria.gov.uk

Early Years Team

The Early Years Team has a responsibility for ensuring that high quality early years and childcare provision is available and accessible to all families with young children. 

The team provide training, advice and support to early years providers, schools and voluntary sector providers to help each child in Cumbria to receive the best start possible. 

Early Years SENCOs provide support to individual children with SEND as part of a Team around the Family.

The Early Years Team also support the development of Personal Education Plans (PEPS) for looked after children aged 0 - 5 years

South Lakes team contacts

0-19 Children and Family support Service - Action for Children

We offer and provide:

  • Information, advice and signposting
  • Universal drop-in sessions
  • Targeted 1:1 or group support
  • A strengths-based approach using Signs of Wellbeing to identify needs

Telephone: 01539 734456

Email south.lakeland@actionforchildren.org.uk

South Lakeland Child and Family Support Service Facebook page

We also offer Parent Talk - Free and confidential live chat with a parenting coach, offering advice for parents or carers of children ages 0-19 in the UK.

Health Visiting Team

Health Visitors provide a supportive outreach service for children and families under five years.  They work in the community and families with children under 5 always have a named Health Visitor that they can ask for advice.  

Health Visitors often identify children that will need this enhanced support and work with other agencies ensuring the families get the support needed and ensure a smooth transition to school with all the appropriate support required.

Kendal - 01539 718155

Kirkby Lonsdale - 015242 79177

Windermere - 015394 47625

Grange and Milnthorpe - 01539 777255

South Lakes HV Facebook page 

Children's Speech and Language Therapy Service

Speech and Language Therapists (SALTs) work with children and young people up to the age of 19 who have speech, language and communication needs. They can also help if a child has difficulties eating, drinking or swallowing.

Telephone 01539 715 227

Email: ncm-tr.admin.kinta@nhs.net

Children's Speech and Language Therapy Service Facebook page

Children's Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapists help children and young people who have difficulty doing everyday activities. This can be things like getting dressed, school work or playing

South Lakes Children's Services
Blackhall Unit
Westmorland General Hospital
Kendal LA9 7RG

01539 73976

Children's Physiotherapy

The Children's Physiotherapy team help to restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability. They work with children and young people up to the age of 19.

South Lakes Children's Services
Blackhall Unit
Westmorland General Hospital
Kendal LA9 7RG

01539 73976

Child Centred Policing Team

The Child Centred Policing team aims to identify the need for support and intervention at the earliest opportunity and to improve the lives of children and young people within our communities, to prevent offending and anti- social behaviour, safeguard and understand Adverse Childhood experience's(ACES) adopting a Trauma informed Approach 

South Cumbria Child Centred Policing Team

SouthCCP@cumbria.police.uk

Children's Social Care 

This service area includes early intervention and targeted support for children and families; child protection, safeguarding, fostering and adoption services, and services for children looked after.

South Lakeland Support and Protection Teams

01539713310

Safeguarding Hub

0333 240 1727

Midwifery Team

Community midwives contact

Jane Heath -  Jane.Heath@mbht.nhs.uk

Educational Psychology

The County Psychological Service makes its distinctive contribution through applying psychology to help people solve problems and improve learning, working with both individuals and schools and settings. 

Educational Psychologists offer a range of services including consultation to staff in schools and early years settings, and support for specific needs such as following a bereavement.

CPSandSATS@cumbria.gov.uk