Welcome to the Early Years Specialist Support Service

(Including the Cleveland Unit Child Development Centre)



 JULY 2020

You will probably know that The Cleveland Unit & Early Years Specialist Support Service staff have been working from home due to the hospital needing to use the space occupied by us as part of the Covid response. This has been very difficult for everyone involved with the service, particularly families, and we are very VERY pleased to let everyone know that we will be back, as close as possible, to our usual service in September and that we are moving to a new address. 

Our new ‘home’ will be:
Hemlington Initiative Centre
Cass House Road
Email addresses will stay the same but phone numbers will change. Unfortunately we don’t know what the numbers will be yet but we’ll let you know as soon as we do. 
We will close for the summer from 20th July and return on 1st September. The service will not be fully up and running immediately as we will need to move into the new building.  Everyone in the service would like to thank you all for the patience and understanding you’ve shown during this difficult time and we wish you all the best. Take care and stay safe


JUNE 2020

Most EYSSS staff are working from home but we are still open for referrals.

Where possible, please submit referrals electronically to the info@cucdc.org.uk email address. For referrals sent in the post, we are collecting post regularly but there will be a delay to our usual response time.  

Referrals for children with funded places in nurseries (for assessment and outreach/inclusion support) are being responded to as usual, although there may be some delays and our response will obviously be affected by whether children can be seen in nursery etc.

Other referrals are being considered but as the service is currently unable to offer assessment via JET Groups or Portage, these referrals will be put on hold until the situation changes. Referrers and families will be informed of this as referrals are processed. 

We are hoping to be able to provide a limited number of assessment nursery places for existing CUCDC children from 15th June. 

This page will be updated regularly as the situation changes. We thank you for your patience. Please take care and stay safe. 


(Cleveland Unit, Beverley, Pennyman, Sunnyside)
We are very pleased to tell you that we have a lovely building to run the Cleveland Unit nursery from in September (the hospital will still need our usual building for the COVID-19 response) but until we know the government advice we don’t know exactly what nursery will look like. Due to the impact of COVID-19 the Local Authority has not yet completed the usual allocation process for specialist nursery places.  These places are allocated differently to mainstream nurseries. 
We would always advise parents and carers to have their child’s name down at their preferred mainstream nursery just in case they are not offered a specialist nursery place. 
Hopefully, the Local Authority will be in touch soon to offer specialist nursery places to those who need them most.  If you are not offered a specialist place for your child, we (the Early Years Specialist Support Service which the Cleveland Unit is part of) can look into providing any necessary support in a mainstream setting. If your child is already known to the EYSS Service, this would just require the nursery to complete a fast track referral form (found under the Referrals tab)
Thank you. 



Across the Early Years Specialist Support Service we offer children and families a welcoming, child-centred, safe, stimulating and supportive learning environment, focused on achievement for all

  • The Cleveland Unit Child Development Centre is part of the Middlesbrough Early Years Specialist Support Service
  • The EYSS Service is for children aged from birth to 5 years who have special educational needs and/or disabilities.
  • The EYSS Service aims to ensure early identification of special educational needs and/or disabilities followed by specialist assessment and intervention through teaching and therapy for pre-school children.
  • We also offer support and advice for families and support, challenge and training for Early Years Settings.

In the EYSS Service we have high expectations for all of our children, where each child has an equal opportunity to take part in all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage, and is given the opportunity to develop their full potential.


  • To ensure early identification of children’s individual needs.
  • To explore and assess specialist strategies, resources and equipment to help us to meet children’s individual needs.
  • To work with families to set realistic and relevant targets, including strategies, resources and equipment to help children to achieve their full potential.
  • To work with Early Years settings to create mutually agreed outcomes to achieve effective inclusion wherever possible and to identify appropriate specialist provision where necessary.
  • To integrate targets and programmes from other professionals (e.g. speech and language therapists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists), into all activities.
  • To seek advice and further assessment from outside agencies where necessary.
  • To provide children with full access to a broad and balanced early years curriculum, ensuring that they all have equal opportunities to make progress and experience success, in their chosen Early Years setting.
  • To work in partnership with parents and carers.
  • To monitor and review children’s progress on a regular basis.