Early Support:working with parents and other agencies Julie Jennings RNIB National Development Officer: Early Years
Research/Guidance • Right from the Start (Scope) • Taking the Time (RNIB) • Services for Disabled Children (Audit Commission) • Developing Early Intervention/Support Services for Deaf Children and their families (DfES/RNID) • Together from the Start (DfES/DH)
Policy • Every Child Matters • Removing Barriers to Achievement • National Service Framework for Children • Improving the Life Chances of Disabled People
Mainstreaming the approach "Early Support is the Government's recommended approach to co-ordinating services… "Early Support is the right model for working with disabled children and their families… "It is vitally important that all local authorities and their partners engage with the Early Support approach."(May 2007)
Key messages • Involvement of families in planning and • delivery of services • - better information • - developing keyworking services • - agreed joint family support plans • Multiagency family support • - better networking • - better training
What is Early Support? • a national, pan-disability, multi-agency programme • mainstreamed through Sure Start Children’s Centres • extended the age range to birth to five years • links to the Early Years Foundation Stage
The curriculum framework The Early Years Foundation Stage • birth to five years • all settings registered with Ofsted • launched 13 March 2007 • mandatory from September 2008 • roll out of training
EYFS Materials • Legal requirements - learning and development - welfare • Practice guidance • Resources - poster - cards - CD-ROM
Parents as Partners "Parents are children’s first and most enduring educators. When parents and practitioners work together in early years settings, the results have a positive impact on children’s development and learning."
DfES Publications • 0845 60 222 60 • www.standards.dcsf.gov.uk/eyfs • Ref 000261-2008PCK-EN
Early Support materials Materials for professionals • Practical guidance building on Together from the Start
Early Support materials Family Pack • standard templates for family held records • standard information on a range of disabilities
Early Support materials Service audit tool • principles • standards
Early Support materials Developmental journals • Deaf children • Children with visual impairment • Children with Downs Syndrome • Generic journal • Complex needs?
DfES Publications Early Support • 0845 60 222 60 • www.dcsf.gov.uk/everychildmatters/ earlysupport • Early Support journal ref ES50
Characteristics • Active participation and involvement • Sharing power with parents leading • Complementary expertise • Agreeing aims and process • Negotiation • Mutual trust and respect • Openness and honesty • Clear communication (Davis and Meltzer 2007)
Workshop Effective Partnerships • Think of a parent/professional you are working with • Write down evidence for and against each characteristic • How could you improve the partnership?