There are different routes for you to take depending on whether your child is pre-school or has started school:
If you think your child is slow in developing or is not hearing or seeing properly, speak to your family doctor, health visitor, your nursery or pre-school setting leader, or someone at your local children's centre. They may give advice to enable you to support and help your child or refer you to a specialist for an assessment.
Your child's teachers will consult you if they have concerns about his or her progress. If you notice any difficulties with your child's learning you should ask your child's teacher about them first. Schools are able to support and help children who have special educational needs by providing, for example, extra help from their teachers and/or adapting the curriculum so it is more accessible for the child.
All schools have a special educational needs coordinator (SENCo) who may meet you if your child has special educational needs (SEN).
Additional advice and support is available from the SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (Previously known as Parent Partnership Service).