Getting Involved and Getting Help

Health Visiting

Stockport Health Visitor helpline for general advice and enquiries 0161 835 6789 available Monday-Friday, 9am – 4.30pm (not bank holidays.)

If you are accessing a childcare setting or the Government funded early education entitlements for 2, 3 and 4 year olds you can also discuss your child’s development with your Childminder or your child’s key person in their early years setting. (A pre-school, day nursery or local council nursery school/nursery class as part of a primary school).

Your Child can really benefit from early education and you may be looking for what is available to you? You can find out more information about your Childs eligibility for a funded childcare place on the Stockport Council website.

If you are thinking of your child starting in an early education setting you can find all childcare at and you can find out more information about help for paying for childcare on the Childrens Choices website:

Moving to an Early Years Setting” leaflet for families

All Ofsted registered Early Years and Childcare settings must follow the Early Years Foundation Stage, revised version from 1 September 2021.work_-_March_2021.pdf

Things for parents to consider when your child goes to an early years provider PDF Download

How your childcare setting can support your child.

Childcare settings must consider the individual needs, interests, and stage of development of each child in their care, and must use this information to plan a challenging and enjoyable experience for each child in all of the areas of learning and development. You can chat about your child’s individual needs and see detail in this guide -What to Expect When – A Parents’ guide to their child’s development birth to 5 years.–2

Team Around the Early Years leafletThe TAEY is a shared conversation about children who may benefit from additional support to reach their full potential. The early years provider may talk to you if they feel your child needs some extra support and ask your permission for your child to be discussed as part of their TAEY, you can also request additional support yourself by talking to your nursery, childminder or Health Visitor who all form part of TAEY

Download the TAEY leaflet here or click here to go to the website

EPEC is a successful, popular, parenting programme delivered for parents by parents in their own community!

A mixture of workshops and groups, virtual and face to face, helping parents to learn practical communication skills for everyday life and to bring up confident, happy and co-operative children.

Parents can self-refer and the offer is universal, open to all parents living in Stockport.

Topics include:  Being good enough, play & spending time with your children, understanding your children behaviour, discipline strategies, listening and communication, coping with stress and more… 

The first session is a coffee morning to meet our amazing Parent Group Leaders and other parents interested in the group. This is followed by 8 sessions run in term time only, usually for a morning session.

Venues include our Family Hubs, Schools and other community settings.

Booking is essential to secure a place on any of the courses we offer below:

 BEING A PARENT For parents / carers of children aged 2 – 11 years – all welcome!

LIVING WITH TEENAGERS An online version of the course for parent / carers of adolescents aged 11+ (usually an evening online group)

BEING A PARENT TOGETHER – BITESIZE (3 sessions) An online version of the course for those co-parenting / caring to attend together whether in a current relationship or not (usually an evening online group)

BEING A PARENT AUTISM For parents / carers of children affected by Autistic Spectrum Disorder – must already be on the pathway  and professional referral required

Booking is essential!

To refer yourself or a parent, to book a place or for more information please email: or call our EPEC team on 0161 406 9558


Childcare settings must have arrangements in place to support children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) or disabilities. Childminders, Pre-school, private day nurseries and maintained nursery schools and primary schools funded by the local authority to deliver early education places must have regard to the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice. Speak to your childcare provider if you need more information

Maintained schools and maintained nursery schools must identify a member of staff to act as Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) and other Early Years providers (in group provision) are expected to identify a SENCO. Childminders encouraged to act as the SENCO and childminders who are registered with a childminder agency or who are part of a network may wish to share the role between them..

Download the Leaflet here

SEND Local OfferThe Stockport Local Offer provides advice, information and services to children and young people with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) and their families.

Click here to go to the website

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