SEND Graduated Response Toolkit

Graduated Response in Early Years

In the early years, it’s crucial that every child is able to learn and develop as best they can, including children with Special Education Needs or Disabilities.

The Council for Disabled Children have provided a useful guide:

Early intervention means identifying and providing effective early support to children and young people who are at risk of poor outcomes. The video below outlines the importance of Early Identification of need. 

It is particularly important in the early years that there is no delay in making any necessary special educational provision. Delay at this stage can give rise to learning difficulty and subsequently to loss of self-esteem, frustration in learning and lead to behaviour difficulties. Early action to address identified needs is critical to the future progress and improved outcomes that are essential in helping the child to prepare for adult life.

Early Years Guide to the SEN Code of Practice (2014:p14)