Early Intervention at Little Hands

Early intervention is identifying and providing effective early support to children who are at risk of low outcomes. Effective early intervention works to prevent problems occurring, or to tackle them head-on when they do, before problems get worse. This can be for a child who is struggling with meeting their developmental milestones, experiencing poor mental health or a family in need of some extra support.


All children deserve the best possible start in life, and their development and experiences throughout childhood and adolescence lay the foundations for happy, healthy and productive lives. Effective early intervention works to put in place small solutions early on rather than having the need for a bigger solution later. Early intervention aims to improve children’s lives and provide extra support to families who may need it.


Support may be provided in a range of ways through external agencies, referrals, charities, local councils and community organistaions. In the first few years of life, through childhood and then onto adolescence, early intervention is vital in providing the skills and resilience children need to succeed in life.


At Little Hands Daycare we recognise the significance of our role in nurturing children and offering them the best possible opportunities to achieve their full potential. We have a range of methods that we adopt to ensure we recognise any children who may require intervention at the earliest opportunity. 


From a child’s initial appointment to look around our settings and see our facilities, we try and find out as much as we can about each family. We also ensure that they are aware of our open door policy, where we welcome any opportunity to sit down together and have a conversation to address any concerns and offer support. 


Once a child has registered at our settings we then begin to build solid relationships, we aim to find out as much as we can about individual children, their needs and interests all while building strong foundations between them and practitioners. They are offered stay and play sessions and parents are openly encouraged to share with us details of their child’s home life and early experiences. We will complete an ‘All about me’ together and also answer any questions they may have around how we will support their child whilst in our care.


When a child has settled in and formed a strong bond with a practitioner they will be assigned as their key person, and this practitioner will be responsible for overseeing their well-being and development. We also ensure that we are getting to know parents and carers too and we openly encourage the sharing of information. Parents are invited to share observations from home, celebrate their child’s achievements with us and also engage in open conversations at handovers.


Once a child has attended our settings for around 4 weeks we will complete a baseline assessment which gives us a brief overview of progress and development. We will begin carrying out observations on children and aim to discover all about what makes them unique and how their early life experiences have shaped them into the individual they are. 


Our practitioners are highly trained and skilled at identifying any children who may require some extra support and they would initially raise any concerns with our setting SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) as well as their families. Our open dialogue ensures that these conversations are discussed sensitively but are not a shock to parents as we have already been conversing openly with them regarding their child.


Following any initial concerns we would consider what would be the best course of action for each child, they may require some targeted intervention from their key person, they may require some emotion coaching or intensive interaction time. It may be that they need a referral to an outside agency to support specific areas of their development. They may require some help and support within the family such as an Early Help assessment or a parenting programme.


Following any initial interventions which have been considered, a child may move onto a support plan, this will involve targeted support aimed at various areas of development and their key person along with the setting SENCO would be responsible for creating it. They are always shared with families and any reports or strategies to help the child which are shared from external agencies will be included in the support plan. Each week their key person will be supporting any areas for development with the child and keeping in regular contact with their parents to update them on progress, share ideas for home and really strengthen the partnership working to enable the child to achieve the best possible outcomes. We work closely with external agencies such as Speech and Language Therapy, Health Visitors, Specialist Early Years, Educational psychology to name but a few.


Throughout a child’s journey with us we treat them all as the unique individual that they are, and we are constantly striving to achieve the best possible outcomes for them. The support we offer is individually tailored to them and their needs and we always use their interests to spark their curiosity and create highly engaging learning workshops to fully promote their development.


102-104 Brettell Lane, Amblecote, West Midlands, DY8 4BS

T: 01384 441441
E: amblecote@littlehandsdaycare.co.uk

Nursery Manager: Lara Owen & Bev Ramsell

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The Sunday School, 2 Chapel Street, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B60 2BQ

T: 0121 820 7119
E: bromsgrove@littlehandsdaycare.co.uk

Nursery Manager: Emma Gerrish

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Nursery Block Heart Of Worcestershire College School Drive Bromsgrove Worcestershire B60 1PQ

T: 0121 824 4697
E: howcollegebromsgrove@littlehandsdaycare.co.uk

Nursery Manager: Clare Fereday

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16-18 Hagley Road, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 1PS

T: 01384 396920
E: stourbridge@littlehandsdaycare.co.uk

Nursery Manager: Lara Owen & Lucy Brettle

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