Early Support Step

What is expected to happen at early support step?


Image Early Support Cycle - Assess, plan, do, review

Early Support Step  Information gathering

Assess: Assess child’s learning as described in the statutory Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), draw conclusions. If necessary, start using Development Journal (Early Support) to measure progress over time

Plan: Observe the child, meet with parents and agree a SEND Support Plan (Individual Education Plan- IEP), differentiate your teaching, consider EHAT assessment;

Do: Draw conclusions from observations and assessments, change environment as a result of observations, try inclusive strategies to meet child’s needs; meet with parents to report on progress and review of an IEP, discuss with family: EHAT assessment, Level 2 panel, Children Centre interventions (Triple P, Chatterbox, PEEP, DARTS)

Review: Measure impact of the deployed strategies, record it in the SEND Support Plan. Have they made a difference in child’s progress and development?

Learning environment changed to meet child’s needs, concerns solved no need for further actions or referrals for outside agencies, move to Level Universal. Continue doing what is working well for the child and its family

Concerns cannot be resolved within the setting/ Need for further actions move to Targeted Level.



Early years Quality & Inclusion Team, Send Gateway, The Bridge Centre, Early Years Hub, Acorns School Teaching Alliance, St Helens Council, Nasen, Focus On



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