Skip to main content

The Earlybird Plus Course

Downs Park Road,
E8 2FP
Telephone: 020 7014 7071


Course for parents of children with a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD), providing information and strategies for families. 

Sessions run twice a year in Hackney and are facilitated by Specialist Teachers, Educational Psychologists, Clinical Psychologists, Speech & Language Therapists and Family Support Workers.

The programme is held at different venues at different at different times of the year.

The sessions that run at Hackney Technology and Learning Centre have no crèche facilities. 

Other session are run from various Children's Centres across the borough.

Time / Date Details

Session Information

Runs twice a year. Times & days vary.

Other Details



Who is eligible?

A diagnosis of Autism/ASD (usually recent)

For parents of children aged 5 - 8

Referral required?


Referral Details

Referrals are accepted from professionals involved with the family.  This is usually a member of the ASD assessment team, post-diagnosis.

Where a parent or carer are interested in attending, they are advised to call the Earlybird coordinator in CAMHS Disability at Hackney Ark – Marietta Sandilands on 020 7014 7071.

What to do if you have a complaint

Complaints can be made to a clinician or manager in the service or alternatively through the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS). The service can be contacted on 020 8510 7315 or

How to Get Here

Bus: 30, 56, 67, 76, 149, 243, 276

Train: Dalston Kingsland, Hackney Downs

Parking: The car park has 10 car spaces including two spaces for disabled drivers along with motorcycle and bicycle spaces. Parking is restricted to clients and service users only.

Service users will need to use the entry-phone to alert main reception of their arrival and be permitted to enter the car park.  Anyone using the car park does so at their own risk.

There are on street parking bays opposite the building.

Transport to Service? For some children & young people depending on their mobility needs.

Reception can ring for cabs for patients.

Consideration may be given to the use of hospital transport in very exceptional circumstances only

Your Feedback | The Likes & Dislikes from real parents

Sign in to add feedback

Disclaimer-important information about the Hackney Local Offer

Hackney's Local Offer website is a free and impartial service provided by the London Borough of Hackney in partnership with the NHS, local education, health and community services. The information contained within the website is available for the purposes of identifying services and provision that may be available to children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

This information does not represent a recommendation or an endorsement of a Service or Provider and neither does the London Borough of Hackney or its partners make any representations or warranties as to the accuracy of the information. Anyone seeking to use or access a service or provision is responsible for undertaking their own checks to determine the suitability and fitness for purpose of that service and provision. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including, without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damages whatsoever arising from use or loss of use of data or profits arising out of or in connection with the use of the Hackney Local Offer.

Some providers will be registered and inspected by external agencies, such as Ofsted or the Care Quality Commission. Anyone working with children and young people will be required to have appropriate Disclosure and Barring Service Check (the replacement for the Criminal Record Check), safeguarding policies and insurance in place, which they should make available to you on request.

Help & Advice

Back to top