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Early Education Practitioners

All the adults who work with children in early education settings, whatever their qualifications.


Early Education Settings

Providers in receipt of government funding to deliver early education including - maintained mainstream and special schools, maintained nursery schools, independent schools, non-maintained special schools, local authority daycare providers such as day nurseries and family centres, other registered daycare providers such as pre-schools, playgroups and private day nurseries, local authority Portage schemes and accredited childminders working as part of an approved National Childminding Association network.


Early Years Action

When the early education practitioner who works day-to-day with the child or the SENCO identify that a child has special educational needs together they provide interventions that are additional to or different from those provided as part of the setting's usual curriculum offer and strategies. An IEP will usually be devised.


Early Years Action Plus

When the early education practitioner who works day-to-day with the child and the SENCO are provided with advice or support from outside specialists, so that alternative interventions additional or different strategies to those provided for the child through Early Years Action can be put in place. A new IEP will usually be devised.


Education Supervision Order

An order that Local Authorities, under section 36 of the Children Act 1989, can apply for a child of statutory school age who is not being properly educated to be put under the supervision of the Local Authority, with the intention of ensuring that he or she receives efficient full-time education suited to his or her age, aptitude, ability and any special educational needs, and that sufficient support, advice and guidance are provided to the parents.



Education Welfare Officer - person employed by an LEA to help parents and LEAs meet their respective statutory obligations in relation to school attendance. The EWO role is now broadly carried out by a Local Authority Attendance Officer.


Early Years Foundation Stage - the statutory framework for all those working with children from birth to 5 years of age. It sets out the principles and practice required for effective provision.