Additional Learning Needs: Pre-school children

There is support available for pre-school children with developmental delays. 

Children develop at different rates and most experience some challenges during their learning journey that can often be overcome by good quality learning opportunities.


If you have concerns about your child's development, we recommend that you discuss them with people who know your child well, such as family members or friends, and health professionals such as your Health Visitor, GP or Paediatrician.

Children who attend a childcare setting

If your child attends a childcare setting and you have concerns about their development, speak with your childcare provider as they will be able to:

  • identify areas where your child may be experiencing some difficulties through observing their play
  • undertake assessments to identify strengths and areas for development
  • complete the Foundation Phase Profile or undertake Wellcomm (Language Development Screening tool)
  • plan the next steps in your child’s learning journey and implement Universal Strategies to help your child progress which will be regularly monitored

You, as parents/carers will be an important part in this process as children learn at home and in childcare.

Children who do not attend a childcare setting

If your child does not attend childcare and you have concerns about their development, speak to your Health Visitor, GP or Paediatrician. They can offer advice and make a referral to the Denbighshire Pre-School Outreach Team.

More information

You can contact us if you would like more information about the support available to pre-school children with developmental delays.

Person-centred practice

We provide a person-centred practice approach to meeting the needs of children.

It is important to understand what is working well for your child at home and in childcare; to focus on strengths and aspirations.

We need to consider what is important to the child; what makes them happy and fulfilled so that we can use these to motivate and enhance learning.

Together, we need to consider the best way of supporting your child, to help them progress and overcome any barriers to learning.

Find out more about person-centred practice in education (external website).