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Early Years Specialist Support Service & Cleveland Unit Child Development Centre

* From September 2020, the Cleveland unit will be based at Hemlington Initiative Centre. As we are still sorting this relocation, we have intermittant access to our old telephone line. If you need to contact us, please contact the SEN Duty line 01642 201831 and they will take a message and pass this on to the team. 

Local Authority Service for early identification, assessment and intervention for children aged 0-4 years with special educational needs and/or disabilities.  

The EYSSS provides outreach support (for staff) & inclusion support (for children) in mainstream early years settings as well as training.

The EYSS Service includes the Cleveland Unit Child Development Centre (CUCDC) which provides identification and assessment, specialist teaching, intervention and therapy for children with the most complex special educational needs as well as support for their families.  


Who to contact

Contact Name
Jennie Kitchen
Contact Position
Head of Service
01642 729972
Cleveland Unit website

Where to go

The Cleveland Unit Child Development Centre
Hemlington Initiative Centre (Next to Hemlington Recreation Centre)
Cass House Road

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Term Time Only: Monday - Friday: 9.00am - 3.00pm
Session Information
The CUCDC Assessment Nursery runs Monday
Thursday & Friday. Early Intervention Groups run on Wednesdays and Tuesdays.

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
No costs - specialist referral only service


Age Ranges
3 - 5 years
Referral required
Referral Details

Open referral using a single referral form to access all services. Form is available on our website. 

Other notes

We are a specialist service for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities. 

Local Offer


The Early Years Specialist Support Service (incorporating the Cleveland Unit Child Development Centre) is a specialist service.

We provide identification of need, assessment, specialist teaching, interventions and therapy for children with special educational needs and disabilities and support for their families. EYSS services include general support for mainstream early years settings in meeting children's special educational needs, specific outreach support for practitioners, inclusion support for children and training for practitioners. The EYSS Service also monitors the use of specific funding such as 'Disability Access Fund' and 'Inclusion Fund'. The EYSS Service is based in the Cleveland Unit Child Development Centre (CUCDC).

CUCDC services are for children with the most complex/high level needs and include Multi-Disciplinary Assessment, Portage, Joint Education Therapy Groups for Early Assessment, Intervention and support, Assessment Nursery, Inclusion Support, Outreach Support, parent and carer support and training.

Children and settings access the services by a single referral form which is considered by the Early Support panel who meet twice every half term.

Children are offered a service with the Cleveland Unit CDC if the Early Support Referral Panel agree that their special needs can be best met by CUCDC services. Usually this refers to a child having significant delay/difficulty in more than one area of learning and development e.g. learning and communication or learning and physical skills and a child who has or is likely to require support from more than one secondary agency eg speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy.

We support children with a wide variety of needs including autism, autistic spectrum disorder, downs syndrome and other learning disabilities, learning difficulties, learning delay, cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities, visual impairment, hearing impairment, sensory integration difficulties, communication difficulties, social emotional and mental health difficulties including challenging behaviour and global developmentl delay.

Contact Name
Jennie Kitchen
Contact Telephone
01642 854288
Contact Email
Local Offer Age Bands
Pre-Birth - 5 Years
Needs Level
SEN Provision Type

Page last reviewed: 09/11/2020