getset is what we are starting to call the early help and support for children, young people and their families in Somerset

At the moment the support is mostly for children aged under five and their families, including things like pre-birth parenting classes, health visitor support and parent support groups.

We are starting to bring together all the other help that’s available for anyone with children aged under 19. We are working with partners to offer extra support that people want in their local area. Anything from help with school attendance and healthy eating, to advice on finding a job and understanding what benefits you’re entitled to.

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getset services for parents and carers

Childcare
Paying for childcare
Early Childhood and childcare
Finding childcare
Search for childcare

Report a child at risk
Somerset’s Positive about Breastfeeding

Family support
Family Services directory

Children’s Centres
You can find help, advice and support at our Children’s Centres

Find one near you:
Mendip
Sedgemoor
South Somerset
Taunton
West Somerset

Schools and Colleges  
Find a School
Choosing a school

School transport
School life
Disabled Children and Young People’s Service

Youth Services
Somerset Youth
Somerset Rural Youth Project

Request for help
Parent or carer self-referral – Online form
Parent or carer self-referral – PDF version

Local Services that can help you and your child
Somerset Local Offer

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services for professionals

You can find services and support for professionals here. Professionals can download and print a leaflet explaining about what getset is.

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about getset

What are getset services?

This is what we are starting to call the early help and support for children, young people and their families in Somerset.

It includes all the things you can currently find through Children’s Centres and eventually it will include much more. At the moment the support is mostly for children aged under five and their families, including things like pre-birth parenting classes, health visitor support and parent support groups.

All that good work will carry on. And with getset we are starting to bring together all the other help that’s available for anyone with children aged under 19.

We are working with partners such as health, schools, district councils, housing associations and charities to offer a range of extra support depending on what people want in their local area.

That could mean anything from help with school attendance and healthy eating, to advice on finding a job and understanding what benefits you’re entitled to.

Much of this help is already out there provided by different organisations. getset is about bringing it all together under one name and making sure everyone is working together to give you what you need, when and where you need it.

It’s already happening in some places and our aim is to make sure it’s happening everywhere.

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What does getset mean for you?

You won’t see a big change straight away – getset is just starting. But the help and support you already get through your Children’s Centre will continue and you’ll start to find more becoming available.

This extra support might be in your Children’s Centre or somewhere nearer to where you live.

It could be benefits advice from your Children’s Centre, a breast-feeding clinic in your local village hall, or parenting classes in a local library.

Whatever and wherever it is, you’ll be able to find out about it where you see the getset sign.

You can find out more about the help and support already available and how we see getset services developing in the future by clicking here, or:

Speak to a member of staff in your Children’s Centre.
Telephone Somerset Direct on 0300 123 2224.

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The big ideas behind getset

  • A little bit of help at the right time makes a big difference. We want to help you solve small problems before they become big ones.
  • Support where it suits you. Children’s Centres will still be important, but we will also make use of other places to make it easier to get the help you want.
  • A ‘one stop shop’. Where you see a getset sign, you’ll know you’ve come to the right place. If the people you find there can’t help you, they’ll be able to help you find the people who can.
  • Deciding with you what support you need. Everyone is different and we will work with you to find the right way forward for you and your family.
  • Working as one. There are lots of people in different organisations who can help. getset will bring them together and make them work as one for you.
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getset in action

getset is about different organisations working together to make sure the right support is available to families at the right time in the right place. There are lots of examples of where this is already happening and under getset we want to see this happening everywhere.

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The right support…

In Williton, as well as the usual support for the under fives the Children’s Centre is also providing great support for those looking to get back into work.

Every week a Jobcentre Plus advisor and St Loyes Charity worker hold a drop-in session.

Between them they can cover just about anything people need to know to help them get back into work, from benefits advice to writing a CV or finding volunteering opportunities.

The help is there regardless of whether you make use of any of the other support available through the centre. One-to-one appointments at home or in the centre can be also be arranged.

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In the right place…

Every week a Stay and Play group meets at Rockwell Green Primary School, organised by the Wellington Children’s Centre.

The Monday morning sessions are at the school to make it easier for local parents to come without having to travel. They coincide with the start of the school day to fit in with parents dropping off older children and regularly attract many new parents and carers.

They are a chance for the children to play together and have fun. But just as importantly they encourage parents to meet each other and make friends who are also experiencing the joys and challenges of parenthood.

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At the right time…

At the Reckleford Children’s Centre in Yeovil, the family support team is working closely with midwives and health visitors. Together they make sure young parents and parents-to-be in the area can get valuable support.

A midwife from the district hospital holds ante-natal clinics for young mothers and fathers-to-be at the centre, providing information, health checks and support. Following the clinics, centre staff and a health visitor jointly run a successful young parents group. It’s an opportunity to socialise, learn new skills and receive practical support. There is advice and help on subjects like parenting, housing, debt management and budgeting depending on what the group needs. The team can help you find further support as required, such as Mellow Parenting run by the Health visitor champion.