Universal Step

What is expected to happen at universal step?

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Universal Step: Learn about the child. Improving inclusive practice


Assess: Assess child’s learning as described in the statutory Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), draw conclusions.

Plan: Inform parents about the impact of your teaching and child’s outcomes. Talk to parents (find out) about the child.

Do: Use audits and review setting’s practice. Attend specialist training (e.g. autism)

Review: Learning environment changed to meet child’s needs, initial concerns solved no need for further actions. Deliver Universal support as described in Threshold of Needs St Helens.

Learning environment changed to meet child’s needs.

No concerns: repeat Assess, Plan, Do Review cycle at Universal Level

If your concerns remain move to Early Support Step here

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


The purpose of the Local Offer is to enable parents and young people to see more clearly what services are available for children with special educational needs and disabilities in their area, and how to access them.

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