Education and Families

Listed below are the main sections and some additional relevant websites which we hope will help you get to the right place quicker. You can also visit the Education and Families homepage which has additional news and features.

  • childcare

    Information about childcare services

  • childcare brokerage

    A service for parents and carers who are having difficulty finding suitable childcare

  • children in care

    Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in our care

  • children’s centres

    Children’s centres offer advice and support for parents and carers of children aged 0-8

  • children’s homes

    Providing short breaks including day care and overnight stays for children and young people with complex healthcare needs, learning disabilities, autistic spectrum conditions and additional needs

  • Coronavirus advice

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice on staying healthy and well, changes to Devon County Council services, education and support for communities, employers and employees.

  • domestic violence

    Support for adults and young people affected by domestic violence and abuse

  • early years

    The Early Years and Childcare Service supports the expansion and improvement of services for children across Devon

  • EHCPs

    Information on Education, Care and Health Plans (formerly Statements of Special Educational Needs)

  • family support

    Information about the types of family support available in Devon

  • fostering

    Offering a substitute home for a child or children who need looking after

  • governor support

    Governor responsibilities, Governing Associations, how to become a governor

  • health visitors

    Health Visitors help families during the early years of a child’s life, supporting the health and wellbeing of young children and their families

  • inclusion services

    The Education Inclusion Service provides a statutory, but impartial service for parents and carers, school governors, headteachers, school staff and other agencies about inclusion, reintegration and exclusion

  • learn devon

    Learn Devon provides adult and community learning courses on behalf of Devon County Council

  • libraries

    Renew a book online or use the library catalogue to find and reserve books, films, music and more

  • nursery plus

    A Devon educational outreach service supporting Early Years settings to meet the needs of children identified with additional or Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

  • portage

    Portage is an early years education service for children with significant or complex developmental delay, including cognition (acquiring knowledge or understanding)

  • post-16 education

    Find out about options for training and further education for children aged 16 and over

  • private fostering

    When a child is looked after by someone who is not a close relative, guardian or person with parental responsibility

  • public health nursing

    The Public Health Nursing Service provides Health Visiting and School Nursing services.

  • religious education

    Information and support regarding religious education and collective worship


    ROVIC's (Rehabilitation Officers for Visually Impaired Children) work with children with significant visual impairments

  • school attendance

    Parent’s and The Council’s responsibilities for children's attendance at school

  • school meals

    Information about school meals, including how to apply for free school meals

  • school nurses

    School Nurses provide information and support to school-aged children and their families who live in Devon or attend a Devon school

  • school transport

    Information and support for parents and young people about getting to school or college

  • secondary schools

    information on secondary schools in the Devon County Council area

  • Space

    Space is a newly formed charitable organisation dedicated to providing the highest quality services for young people and their communities

  • support – schools

    Supporting schools in day-to-day activities as well helping to improve outcomes for young people

  • virtual school

    Supporting children in care living in Devon or who are looked after by Devon but live elsewhere

  • Youth Justice Service

    Devon’s Youth Justice Service works with young people that get into trouble with the law