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Due to essential maintenance, the following systems will be unavailable from 6.00pm on Monday 2 October until 8.00am on Tuesday 3 October: our online council tax, business rates and housing benefit services, and our welfare assistance form. You will also not be able to register to pay council tax online, make a change of address for council tax or cancel single person discount. You are still able to make a payment during this time. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Staff wellbeing in early years settings

We all experience mental health. Like our physical health it changes constantly and is affected by what is happening around us. Looking after your own mental health and wellbeing is just as important as supporting those you work with. There are care and support services available to help you.


Durham Employee Assistance Programme

The Employee Assistance Programme delivered by Health Assured is a programme aimed at helping staff deal with any personal or professional problems which could be impacting on their general health and wellbeing.

Expert advice and compassionate guidance is available to Durham County Council staff and their immediate family members 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, covering a wide range of issues, including: life support, legal information, bereavement assistance, medical information and cognitive behavioural therapy online. Contact Health Assured on 0800 716 017.

Health Assured Online Wellbeing Portal

The portal has been designed to quickly inform and assist with a number of common issues ranging from stress to diet. This includes helpful fitness and wellbeing advice, four week self-help programmes, mini health checks and more.

To access the portal go to Health AssuredContact us for login details.

Other sources of information


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Contact us
Early years
03000 268 917
Our address is:
  • Early Years Workforce Development Team
  • Children and Young People's Services
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • DH1 5UJ