Introducing the new Integrated Review
For the past few years you may have been carrying out the Progress Check at Age 2 for the toddlers that you care for. From this September local authorities, health visitors and early years practitioners are expected to come together to replace this with an integrated health and early education review.
It is suggested that by bringing together the reviews those involved will be able to identify problems and offer effective early interventions to those that need more support, at an age where interventions can be more effective than they would be for an older child. The age specified is between two years and two and a half years.
Purpose of the Integrated Review
The NCB state that the purpose of the review is to:
- Identify the child’s progress, strengths and needs at this age in order to promote positive outcomes in health and wellbeing, learning and behaviour
- Facilitate appropriate intervention and support for children and their families, especially those for whom progress is less than expected
- Generate information which can be used to plan services and contribute to the reduction of inequalities in children’s outcomes
Principles of the Integrated Review
There are thee key principles of the Integrated Review, in summary these are:
- The Integrated Review should engage parents, particularly those that are disadvantaged
- The Integrated Review should engage the child, where they are participating
- The Integrated Review should be a process of shared decision making
How the Integrated Review will be delivered
It is for local areas to determine how best to deliver the Integrated Review in their region. Given this your local authority may be leading a piece of work to develop delivery of the Integrated Review and so we suggest you get in touch with your local Childcare Development Officer to find out how the Integrated Review will be delivered in your area. In case it helps, we have updated our Progress Check at Age 2 template to reflect the new NCB overarching guidance and have changed it to ‘The Integrated Review – Early Years Practitioner Review’.
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