In the third edition of this respected and influential textbook, Kate Wall blends theory and practice with an informative and highly accessible writing style to provide a detailed analysis of provision for young children with additional needs.

New to this edition are: - up-to-date information on all the relevant policies and legislation, including the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), Every Child Matters (ECM) and the training guidelines for new SENCOs; - a timeline showing the development of policies and legislation in the field; - learning objectives at the beginning of chapters; - points for reflection within chapters, to aid independent study and facilitate critical thinking; - new case studies, which cover the Birth to 8 age range; - new content on the role of fathers, pupil voice and listening to children, taking an holistic view of the child, and current issues around diversity and inclusion.

This book is essential reading for early years students and practitioners, and for all those working with young children with special educational needs and their families.

Key Issues for Consideration

Key issues for consideration

As I have worked through this, the third edition, several significant issues have emerged which are, for the most part, totally interlinked. These are issues which all need addressing as a matter of urgency at national level to have any hope of significant change being made in the foreseeable future. It is a sad reflection that many of them first emerged in 1978 in the Warnock Report and are now, over 30 years later, still demanding our time and attention. The issues are:

  • SEN documentation – speed of production/change and exclusivity
  • the need to listen to and respond to the voices of the families and the young children themselves
  • SEN training and the funding that it demands
  • early years workforce issues – ...
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