Support is a way of working that aims to improve the delivery of
services for disabled children, young people and their families. It
enables services to co-ordinate their activity better and provide
families with a single point of contact and continuity through key
working. It focuses on ensuring that service delivery is child,
young person and family centred and that services and practitioners
work in partnership with children, young people and their
Early Support is well-established for children aged 0-5 years in
many local areas, working across health, education, social care and
the voluntary, community and private sector. The approach,
materials and training are now being extended for use from birth to
The National Children's Bureau is the lead body of a
multi-organisational consortium which has won the tender for the
Early Support work from the Department for Education. The
Communication Trust sits on the Early Support consortium and has
been commissioned in particular to work on the materials, training
and developmental journals that accompany the Early Support
To find out more about Early Support please click here
to go to their website.
Free resources for parents
Early Support commissioned us in 2012 to organise the
update of some of their online information resources. Please click
here to find out more information and to
download the resources.
Early Support have funded reprints of the following resources,
which are available to order for free:
- Misunderstood: Explains what speech, language
and communication needs are and includes advice and guidance on how
to support communication development. It includes information for
parents to give them guidance on what to do if they suspect their
child may have a communication difficulty. Please click here to download Misunderstood or you
can order a hard copy here.
- SLI Handbook: The Specific Language Handbook
(SLI) Handbook is a book written by I CAN and Afasic that explains
what a specific language impairment is. It gives advice and support
and shows where to go for further information. To order a free
copy please email firstname.lastname@example.org
with your postal details.
Early Support has commissioned a series of films to show their
principles in action across the country. The first of these films
is now available, which is about Short Breaks and their
benefits when they are offered in a way that is underpinned by
Early Support principles.
Please click here to view.
The new Early Years Developmental Journal is designed for
families, practitioners and others to use as a way of recording,
celebrating and supporting children's progress. It is also for
people who would like to find out more about children's development
in the early years.
There are Developmental Journal's for specific childhood
conditions or disabilities:
Developmental Journal for Children and Young People with
Developmental Journal for deaf babies and children
Developmental Journal for babies and children with Down
Developmental Journal for babies and children with visual
Find out more here.