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Concerns about a child

As an Early Years practitioner, you may ocassionally become concerned about a child in your care; or a parent/carer may express concerns about their child to you. 

What to do if you are concerned about a child

Some children will need additional support during their education to ensure they are able to reach their full potential. In order to support these children it is important you do the following:

  • Talk to their parents. It is important to involve parents at every stage. They know their children best, utilise their expertise. When having difficult conversations first highlight the positives about what their child CAN do before raising your concerns.

  • Contact your Early Years and Inclusion Advisor for support and advice.

  • Ensure you have robust and up to date tracking, assessment and observation systems in place and use this to enable you to have a clear picture of the child’s strengths and needs.

  • Have a graduated response, use an assess, plan, do, review approach.

  • Write and IEP or SEN Support plan in collaboration with parents. (see SEND Toolkit for pro formas)

  • Make referrals (see the 'SEND referrals' section for forms)

  • If appropriate apply for SENIF or EHCP (see funding section)


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Find relevant information in the sections below:


Broad areas of need


Early learning goals


SEN support


Keywords explained


SEND toolkit


The Bi-Borough Childcare and Early Education advisor team can support you if you have concerns about a child.

Please contact the Bi-borough Childcare and Early Education (BBCEES) and Inclusion Advisory Team


Last Updated 10/09/2020

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