The ‘Team Around’ approach

The ‘Team Around’ approach brings together a team of professionals that will work together with you to identify and offer early help and support.

In Wakefield within each of our six community cluster areas we have two ‘Team Around’ offers – the Team Around Early Years (TAEY) and the Team Around the School (TAS).

Team Around Early Years

The Team Around Early Years (TAEY) can support with worries and concerns around child’s development, speech language and communication, physical health, emotional wellbeing, and behaviour.

Families working with the TAEY team have access to support from:

Childcare providers (nurseries, pre-schools, childminders)

Early Years Children First Coordinator

Area Early Years Special Educational Need Coordinator (SENCo)

Health Visitors

Team Around Schools

The Team Around the School (TAS) can support with concerns on behaviour, school attendance, or emotional health and wellbeing.

Families working with the TAS team have access to support from:

Schools Lead

Education Improvement Teacher (Secondary Schools)

Inclusion & SEND Advisory Teacher (Primary Schools)

Children First Coordinator and Children First Link Worker

Future in Mind partnership

Primary Intervention Practitioners (CAMHS)


Community Navigators (Young Lives)

0 – 19 Health Service (including School Nursing)

How does it work?

So when a concern has been raised, either by you as a parent/carer or one of the ‘Team Around’ professionals, a request for support can be made with your agreement so that a TAS meeting can take place.

For the TAEY the request for support would be by a childcare provider or health visitor, and for the TAS this would be the child’s school.

Your request for support would then be reviewed at one of the regular meetings each ‘Team Around’ has in every cluster area.

This would involve detailed discussion of the concern, and drawing on their joint knowledge and understanding the Team would make a recommendation of the best package of support to offer, by which service.

Sometimes this might mean professionals from other services are invited or consulted, if it is felt they could contribute to a support plan for your child or family.

This support plan would then be fed back to you, and the service who have been identified as responsible for leading on support would get in touch to agree the plan, discuss timescales, and start date.

For more information on each of the ‘Team Around’ approaches, you can view the parent leaflets below:

Team Around Early Years

Team Around the School