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We are all clear – early intervention is essential.

Independent reviews conducted in recent years are all united in their call for early intervention.

Building their essential social and emotional capabilities means children are less likely to adopt antisocial or violent behavior throughout life. It means fewer disruptive toddlers, fewer unmanageable school children, fewer young people engaging in crime and antisocial behaviour. Early intervention can forestall the physical and mental health problems that commonly perpetuate a cycle of dysfunction.
Graham Allen Early Intervention: The Next Steps

Read the reviews to find out more:

Identifying additional needs

As a professional working with children and families in the foundation years, you need to use all your interactions to identify additional needs and offer or signpost to the help required.

There is a requirement on all practitioners delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) to give parents a written summary of their child’s progress against the prime areas of learning around the age of 2 to 3 years. It is the intention to integrate together the Healthy Child Programme review at 2 to 2 ½ and the Early Years progress check at age 2 as part of the Integrated Review.

The Green Paper Support and Aspiration: A new approach to special educational needs and disability placed an emphasis on early identification and intervention to improve outcomes for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

Early intervention is at the heart of the core purpose of Sure Start Children’s Centres.

Reflective questions:

How do you share the summary of children’s progress in learning and development with parents? 

Evidence based programmes

Important to early intervention are evidence based programmes.

Find out more in the Allen report – Early Intervention: The Next Steps

Evidence from the Family Nurse Partnership Programme is strong in that positive outcomes for the most vulnerable children and their families are improved by participating in the programme for two years. The programme offers intensive and structured home visiting centred on attachment, relationships and healthier lifestyles, delivered by specially trained nurses.

Reflective questions:
  • How can you use evidence based interventions in your work?
  • How do you share the learning from evidence based programmes?
  • Share your successes in using evidence based programmes on this website by contacting the Foundations Years team at Action for Children.