Early Years SEN and disability - 2. Featuring good practice

2. Featuring good practice

It is important to recognise the barriers that young children with SEN and young disabled children face, but it is also important to celebrate good practice. This part of the workshop can include a number of short presentations featuring good practice identified locally, regionally or nationally.   

Preparation:

This part of the workshop requires some preparation and there are some considerations about what practice is featured:

Evidence base:

It is important that the good practice that is featured has an evidence base. This does not have to be evidence from a full-scale research evaluation: it may be data gathered by the early years setting, service or project that is featured; it may be data from the schools to which the young children progress; it may be evidence of parental confidence. But there should be evidence of impact. Otherwise there are no grounds for promoting this practice.

Local and regional examples:

It is helpful to feature good practice that is as local as possible in order to be able to put people in touch easily for follow up, and make supportive links between peers that may have longer term value. On the other hand, if you are seeking to illustrate good practice in a particular aspect of SEN or disability that you want to highlight, you may want to draw on examples across the region or nationally.

Beyond local examples, it may be possible to identify relevant examples through:

Ofsted examples of good practice in the early years

Examples identified through a 4Children and Council for Disabled Children project

Some of the Ofsted/CQC local area inspections identify good practice in the early years