Written with both new and experienced practitioners in mind and packed with practical advice, suggestions, case studies, and useful photocopiable materials, this new edition of a much-loved book will help all SENCOs (Special Educational Needs Coordinators) succeed in what is often a very demanding role. Providing plenty of help with planning and time-management, this book contains everything you need to know about your role, information on the current government policies such as Every Child Matters (ECM) and the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), and meeting the Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) standards for supporting children with additional needs.  

Introduction
Introduction

Since the first edition of this book was published in 2005, the early years sector has undergone, and indeed is continuing to undergo, major changes in both practice and policy Further educational and social welfare legislation has been put in place, with, for example, the updated Disability Discrimination Act becoming fully operational. The SureStart programme is now a well-established part of early years provision. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework, together with the EYFS Profile and the Common Assessment Framework (CAF), have been implemented and lie at the core of everything practitioners are doing for the children in their care. The career structure and professional development of early years practitioners have been overhauled with, among other things, the introduction of the levels of ...

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