For some children it might be clear from a young age that they might need additional support to help them reach their potential.  This page has information on the services available to babies and toddlers who might have a special educational need or disability.


Neonatal Intensive Care

Some babies will spend time in Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) before they come home.  You may be introduced to a neonatal community nurse prior to your baby’s discharge. If this is the case you will be invited to a discharge planning meeting whereby your family needs in preparing for home will be discussed.


Health Visitors

All newborns and their families should have a Health Visitor allocated to them.  Soon after getting home you should have a visit from a Health Visitor and should be given information on other services you might like to use, like Health Visitor Clinics, playgroups and any specialist services your child might need.


Newborn Hearing Screening

All newborns have a hearing screening to see what their hearing is as it should be.  Find out more about newborn hearing screening in Bristol.


Children's Centres

Children's Centres can be a great place to go and meet other parents and join in with different activities.

Find out about Children's Centres (including Specialist Children's Centres) on the finding an early years setting page.


Advice and Support

You might want some advice and support around caring for your child, benefits and grants or to meet other parents.

Find out about what advice and support is available in Bristol.



This page has information for residents in the City of Bristol.  Find out about what other Local Authorities do.

Last Update 1 December 2016 by Findability Team.


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