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Early education

“Research has never been clearer – a child’s early education lasts a lifetime” – Ofsted, 2015.

Children attending an early years provision in Slough get a great start to their education. All early years providers deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum and focus on supporting the development of each unique child through the creation of positive relationships and the provision of good quality learning environments.

The early years curriculum is play based and helps young children to be ready to make the most of their school experiences when they start in Year 1. Play is essential for young children’s development, and when playing, children investigate and experience new things, concentrate and persevere when they encounter difficulties and develop new ideas and strategies.

Practitioners in early years settings consider the individual needs, interests and stage of development of every child in their care and use this information to plan challenging and enjoyable experiences in all the areas of learning and development.

This provision supports practitioners to identify individual children who may benefit from specific teaching techniques or specialist support.

Children with special educational needs and / or disabilities are often attending early years provision when their specific requirements become clear. Others may have a diagnosis before their family starts to look for a suitable early years place.

A group of Slough childminders recently identified the rewards they had experienced when supporting children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). These included:

  • working closely with a parent who was keen to share her child’s experiences
  • helping a child to reach their personal milestones through a series of small steps
  • observing a child’s developing interactions with other children.

You can find out more information about what settings can offer to children with SEND by looking at the local offer on the Family Information Service website.

For an informal discussion about these posts, please contact Johanna Mullin, Senior Family Services Officer, on 01753 476566.

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