Getting it right in the early years: case studies of effective practice

Working with local areas across the country through our first DfE-funded project to improve access and inclusion in the early years between 2017-18, CDC identified a number of case studies of effective practice from across England.

Examples of joint working

  • How a single point of access and arrangements for tracking and monitoring children’s progress have worked in Cornwall. Read more 
  • How staff across agencies in East Sussex are working together and with parents/carers to identify and monitor children in the early years who have SEND. Read more
  • How a multi-agency referral panel in Gateshead works to ensure that no child ‘falls through the net’. Read more
  • Local Early Years Services in Gloucestershire work collaboratively to ensure identification happens and support is put in place. Read more
  • How Hampshire works across all agencies and uses data to improve identification and track outcomes of children with SEND. Read more
  • How Islington effectively uses data from all agencies to improve identification and how it uses a funding panel to build capacity in early years settings. Read more
  • How Kirklees’ Educational Psychology service and schools are helping to build staff skills in identification and how Health Champions are improving the referrals service through using data. Read more
  • How SEND early years teams and managers in North East Lincolnshire have improved identification through using a range of professionals to develop action plans. Read more
  • How Plymouth is using funding flexibly to build the capacity and improve transitions to school. Read more
  • Reading demonstrates how individuals can identify practical issues and bring others on board to develop better use of data and staff skills. Read more

Examples of working with providers

  • How staff from education and health in a specialist settings in Berkshire enable children with SEND to make successful transitions into mainstream places. Read more
  • How Cheshire East has brought services together and developed a comprehensive tool for practitioners. Read more
  • How the local authority and its health partners in Hertfordshire, are developing the skills for better early intervention. Read more
  • How the local authority in Lincolnshire is building capacity in early years settings and effectively using its local offer. Read more
  • How Northamptonshire is investing in training and development to support self-sustaining inclusive practice. Read more

Sharing learning

  • How collaboration between local areas in the north west region has enabled identification of the most challenging priorities for action. Read more