Mum & child with Key worker

Using the Early Support Resources

Early Support's resources and training help to bring service providers together with parent carers, children and young people. They ensure parent carers, children and young people remain at the centre of a holistic and integrated planning process.



Information Resources

NEW! The existing Early Support resources have been revised, updated and adapted for use with older children and disabled young people.

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 support process.

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, sleep, neurological disorders, multi-sensory 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 the new Information Resources page.

Developmental Journals

The Early Years Developmental Journal helps families and practitioners working with them to celebrate, record and support children's early development and to identify areas where extra help may be needed. It is for anyone wishing to better understand, follow and support a child's development, as well as the specific use for disabled children and those with additional needs. It is designed to support a key working approach and foster communication among all those involved in a child's development.

There are also specialist Journals available: the Monitoring Protocol for deaf babies and children, the Developmental Journal for babies and children with Down syndrome and the Developmental Journal for babies and children with visual impairment.

View the Developmental Journals page.

Our Family, My LifeKissing Shape - Mum and daughter

Our Family, My Life is a set of information templates, developed and owned by the young person and/or family. It brings together all relevant information about a child's, young person's and family's strengths and support needs, as well as their priorities and their aspirations for the future. It includes a single support plan format to use to support a single assessment and planning process. It can be downloaded here. This resource replaces the original Early Support Family File, which you can still download.

Multiagency Planning and Improvement 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.

Free Download of MAPIT


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 a communication difficulty.

This booklet is aimed at parents and those who work with children and young people to give an introduction to the subject.

This resource is available to download or 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 information.

This resource is available to download.

To order a free copy as made possible by Early Support, email with your postal details. 


Useful Links

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

This is an integral part of the Government's wider vision for families in the foundation years. It demonstrates our commitment to freeing professionals from bureaucracy to focus on supporting children... Click here to find out more


Family Photo 2

Crimson_chat.jpgWhen Luke was diagnosed with Autism at four years old, there was no Early Support Programme. If I am honest the diagnosis when it came was actually a relief but this was quickly followed by fear of Luke requiring constant care and never progressing.  We had entered a new world and our journey had only just begun.

We were lucky to have excellent support from our family and local services who were there to help us when we needed it.  In the early days I benefited from attending a parents course run by a local voluntary organisation which enabled me to meet other local parents in similar situations and to share in all the ups and downs that life was throwing at us.  It was good to know we were not alone.

Our journey has been eventful.  Luke is now 16 and is a happy and outgoing teenager. Despite his autism and learning difficulties which are severe, Luke enjoys life to the full.  As Luke gets older we really want him to be as independent as he can possibly be.  Our aspirations for him are high.  Looking forward we hope that Luke has opportunities to work, to be independent and that he will have friends and family around him to help him if he needs it.

As a mum, I am really excited that as Luke prepares for adulthood that the Early Support way of working, training and materials will be available to help our family to make informed choices together, with Luke at the centre.

About Family Service Plans

Orange_chat.jpgWe started with Early Support last year ... to trial a Family Service Plan. As family living with a child with disabilities we were prepared to take on board anything that would help us make sense of this new world.

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