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Identifying Special Needs in the Early Years

Identifying Special Needs in the Early Years

  • Kay Mathieson - Early Years Development and Childcare Partnership, Croydon

March 2007 | 112 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
With increasing expectations from educators and parents for inclusive early years settings, many practitioners find it a challenge to accommodate children's individual needs as early as possible.

Presenting step-by-step instructions, this book: 

  • Increases practitioners' confidence in identifying individual needs 
  • Offers practical advice for involving parents 
  • Provides clear links to existing guidance and legislation

This is an valuable guide for practitioners in all early years settings including day nurseries, pre-schools, and children's centers.

Early Identification
Early identification
Child Development
Sharing The Learning Journey With Parents
Language Development
Social Communication
Able and Talented
Medical Diagnosis
Useful websites

'Mathieson's book provides a very useful and practical resource for early years practitioners and can also be used effectively by individuals to support them to reflect on their own practice' - REACH

`This book stresses the importance of working with parents, building upon achievement made and promotes a can-do approach to working with children with SEN' - SNIP

`This book provides clearly set out, step-by-step instructions to identify and support children's additional needs and is a valuable guide for all early years settings' - Special

`I really enjoyed this informative book. It provides sound advice on building good relationships with parents and practical strategies to identify and meet individual children's needs...The book emphasises the fact that ''good practice for children with additional needs is good practice for all children'', and there are some useful scenarios to explore and an observation framework' - Nursery World

`A particularly useful 'core text' for SENCOs who are supporting the professional development of colleagues working in a range of early years settings.' - SENCO Update

`A very useful and easy-to-follow guide to identifying and supporting children who have additional needs in relation to their learning' - Early Years Update

'Early years practitioners will feel more confident in identifying special needs, knowing what to do in a practical way to help and be reassured by the clear links to existing guidance and current legislation. All early years settings would benefit by having, using and reflecting upon this guide.' Martine Horvath, Early Years Educator

A very reader-friendly text which provides sound guidance to teachers and early years practitioners on how to identify and accommodate individual needs - recommended for students wishing to progress into a career in early years.

Mrs Suzi Smale
Psychology, Petroc College
February 13, 2018

Links well to course content

Mrs Terrie Blaszczyk
Froebel College, Roehampton University
August 31, 2017

Very informative text and useful and quite a few students did not think it was necessary to identify SEN until formal school started

Mrs Terrie A Blaszczyk
Education Department, Roehampton University
June 7, 2016

I found this book useful as it covered some of the particular needs we studied in the module.

Mrs Lisa MacGregor
Faculty of Education (Carlisle), University of Cumbria
December 20, 2012

This is a good "entry" book for my MA course. Students found it very readable and interesting. The outline summary and key points were very helpful. One of my teachers had used my inspection copy to prepare and deliver staff training at her school and i have used it to facilitate discussion and group learning. I have a wide range of age groups represented by teachers on my MA and this book put learning into context for some of them.

Mrs Irene Scott
Faculty , Chester University
May 16, 2012

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