Getting support

Places to find out more:

Healthy Family Team:

  • Healthy Family Teams offer advice and support around all aspects of a child’s development, including speech, language and communication. At your child’s development reviews they will ask you to tell them about your child’s language development and give you advice on how to help. They may also recommend support from the Children’s Centre, such as Home Talk, the Speech and Language Therapy team or from an early years educational placement. Find out more about Healthy Families Teams and how to contact them.

Fun sessions for everyone:

Children’s Centre’s:

  • Your local Centre runs fun activities that your family can take part in to develop your child’s language and communication e.g. Under 1’s group, Stay and Play, Talking Walks. Contact your local Children’s Centre to find out what’s running (
  • Every Children’s Centre has a Language Lead who can give advice about how to develop your child’s language in everyday situations.

Library services:

  • Nottinghamshire libraries offer services that support children’s early language and reading development. For example, free Bookstart packs, story sessions. Why not visit your local library?

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Sessions focusing on speech, language and communication:

Contact your local Children’s Centre to find out more about the sessions and how to make a referral (

Little Talkers: Small group sessions with singing, play and helpful strategies to support your child on their next steps to talking. A new theme each week helps to keep your child’s interest and develop their confidence to join in. You can watch some of our songs here (link

Let’s Talk With Under 5’s: An adult learning course about how speech, language and communication develops and how you can help your child. When you finish the course you can apply for a Level 1 accreditation. Open to any parent with a child under 5 years old. Research has shown that it is most effective for children who are 18 months -3 years old.

Home Talk:

If your child is between 2-2.5 years and may benefit from some support with their talking, they may meet the criteria for Home Talk. A Home Talk worker can offer fun home visits for children and their grown ups to share ideas about talking together. Click here to view our Home Talk leaflet. Contact your local Children’s Centre for more information.

Talk to your local Children’s Centre Speech and Language Therapist:

If you need more support or would like some advice you can contact your Children’s Centre Speech and Language Therapist at your local Children’s Centre or call:

  • Ashfield: Helen Hegarty 07921368674
  • Bassetlaw: Rachel Dillon 07816851301
  • Broxtowe: David McDonald 07920138129
  • Gedling: David McDonald 07920138129
  • Mansfield: Jane Marr 07795355376
  • Newark and Sherwood: Sue Guest 07920082152
  • Rushcliffe: Sue Guest 07920082152

You can also contact the team by calling 07788386264 or sending an email to

Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy service:

Despite early support some children may still need to see a Speech and Language Therapist. As well as the Children’s Centre SLT team, children who need more help with their speech, language and communication skills can be referred to the Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy Service. Find out more about Children's Speech and Language Therapy.