The aim of the Children’s Learning and Well-Being Audit is to ensure that all young people are ready for school and ready for work. For our youngest children this means to improve their readiness for school and ensure that their parents and carers are accessing early education, health and family support from Integrated Prevention and Earliest Help (IPEH) and other services.
Identifying those who are potentially more vulnerable at the earliest opportunity is essential to provide the right support at the right time to meet their needs and improve their life chances.
The audit is designed to complement and enhance the work already undertaken by professionals working with early years children and their families, by taking a more holistic view in support of their learning, alongside the West Sussex Continuum of Need to determine the level of concern (levels 1-4).
The following documents are part of the audit process detailed in the guidance above and can be printed or completed online in your setting:
The sooner a family receives the right support, the sooner they are able to improve their situation, preventing the need for prolonged support.
Early help includes support for parents-to-be and very young children. It describes interventions and support provided to families where:
- their needs are not being met by routine or 'universal' services
- they do not meet thresholds for statutory interventions.
For support and advice for practitioners see our Integrated Prevention and Earliest Help (IPEH) services page.
From September 2015, local authorities, health visiting services and early years providers have been expected to bring together health and early education reviews for young children at the age of two to two-and-a-half.
In West Sussex, we have also identified a need to support children and families in preparing for starting school. During the termly conversation for each early years setting in the autumn or early spring term, children due to start school in the following academic year will be discussed, including planning for any support needs identified.
Find contact details below for the Healthy Child Programme Team to arrange two-year integrated reviews in your setting, or to discuss a child’s health or development needs.
Integrated two-year review
The purpose of the two-year review is to:
- identify the child’s progress, strengths and next steps in order to promote positive outcomes in health and wellbeing, learning and development
- identify any support needs as early as possible and facilitate appropriate intervention and support for children and their families, especially those for whom progress is less than expected
- generate information which can be used to plan services and contribute to the reduction of inequalities in children’s outcomes.
Advice and guidance on how to complete an integrated review is included in the guidance document below.
The process for carrying out an integrated review with a health visitor in your setting is shown below.
Use the checklist below for arranging and carrying out integrated two-year reviews.
The following templates can be used for recording Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) outcomes, whether or not an integrated review is taking place.
Alternatively, you can record EYFS outcomes on page 38a of the child’s ‘Red Book’ (Personal Child Health Record). These are provided to the child at an early age.
To support with the consistency of recording, West Sussex County Council have produced a sticker (see below) which can be added to the top page and the EYFS stage of development for the child can be recorded in the relevant boxes.
Pre-printed stickers are provided, but if you would like to print these yourselves, these standard label templates will fit the space in the books.
School readiness integrated review
Advice and guidance on how to complete a school readiness review is included in the guidance document below.
Each September, early years settings will give a copy of the ‘Starting school questionnaire’ to all families attending their setting with children who are due to start school in the following September. Settings should use this information, alongside their EYFS assessments, to identify any additional support needed to enable children to make a successful transition to school.
Completed questionnaires should be returned to Healthy Child Programme (HCP). Details of how and when this should happen will be included with your questionnaires and in the setting’s broadcast email.
A template, which can be used to record EYFS outcomes for children being discussed at the school readiness integrated review is available below, but settings may wish to use a different format.
If you require information regarding transition planning see Including all children.