The Existing Early Support resources have been revised, updated
and adapted for use with older children and disabled young
Early Support's resources help to bring service providers
together with parent carers, children and young people on the basis
of shared information. They ensure parent carers, children and
young people remain at the centre of a holistic and integrated
The information resources we provide are based on what families
and young people have said would be most useful for them. They
offer a source of reliable and readable information. They cover a
range of different conditions, disabilities and difficulties,
including autistic spectrum disorder, speech, language and
communication, visual impairment, rare conditions and no diagnosis.
They also provide general information on childcare, people you may
meet and other useful areas of knowledge. Information resources on
deafness, cerebral palsy, behaviour, learning difficulties and Down
syndrome will be available shortly.
View our new Information Resources
Our Family is a set of information templates, developed and
owned by the family. It brings together all relevant information
about a child's and family's strengths and support needs, as well
as their priorities and their aspirations for the future. It
includes a single plan format to use to support a single assessment
and planning process. This will be available shortly. In the
meantime, you can download the original Early
Support Family File.
Multiagency Planning and Improvemen Tool (MAPIT)
The Multiagency Planning and Improvement Tool is designed to
inform and underpin service improvement for disabled children,
young people and their families. It enables multiagency groups,
parent carers and young people to use the Early Support principles
to review services, identify service development priorities, plan
for improvement and track progress over time.
Download of the MAPIT Tool
Misunderstood explains what speech, language and communication
needs are and includes advice and guidance on how to support
communication development. It includes information for parents to
give them guidance on what to do if they suspect their child may
have communication difficulty.
This booklet is aimed at parents and those who work with
children and young people to give them an introduction to the
This resource is available to download and order.
Specific Language Impairment (SLI) Handbook
The SLI Handbook is a book written by I CAN and Afasic that
explains what a specific language impairment (SLI) is. It gives
advice and support and shows where to go for further
To order a free copy as made possible by Early Support, email email@example.com with
your postal details.
COMING VERY SOON! Early Support App
The Early Support app is aimed at children, young people and
their families. Its purpose is to provide them with the full range
of information that Early Support produces and signposts. It also
enables them to record important things about themselves that they
could then share with others.
Free Training Available
Early Support have developed Key Working training which is
being delivered nationally, and it is free.
There may be local events which would be ideal for
Early Support to be involved with or if you would like more
information about events we are organising in
your local area, please contact our regional
National Parent Partnership Network (NPPN) supports
and promotes the work of
Parent Partnership Services (PPS) across England and
is based at Council for
Disabled Children (CDC).
Growing Our Strengths is a call to action for the voluntary and
community sector in England to celebrate and strengthen our skills
and experience in improving outcomes for children and families
through early intervention. Our aim is to develop those skills and
show how our work makes a positive difference. The partnership
brings together organisations from across the country, pooling
knowledge and information to help develop our skills.
It's funded by the DfE to help ensure there is a skilled and
vibrant market place of organisations able to work with families
and children at the earliest possible stage to prevent family
problems from escalating. By combining our resources we can really
make an impact and improve how we demonstrate our results to
everyone, from commissioners to the general public. Share your
knowledge and experience with others and help shape the future of
the sector by taking part in Growing