Recognising and Planning for Special Needs in the Early Years

by Chris Dukes, Maggie Smith

Series: Hands on Guides

Making sure that young children with special educational needs have the right support is a top priority for all early years settings, but spotting additional needs can be tricky. This book is the ultimate resource for busy practitioners who want good, clear advice on what to look for and how to set up the necessary provision.

From an award-winning author team, the advice contained here will empower you, and give you the confidence to identify and plan for the needs of every child in your care.

Topics discussed in chapters are as follows:

- observation and assessment of needs

- physical development, and how to spot problems

- communication, language and literacy, and how to spot difficulties

- personal, social and emotional development, in line with the holistic child emphasis of the EYFS

There are also:

- case studies of children between 0 to 5 years

- sample policies

- lots of photocopiable material, on the CD-Rom that comes with the book

Suitable for all early years students and practitioners, this book reminds the reader that all children require additional support at some stage, and that providing it is an essential part of good practice.


  • SAGE Publications; June 2009
  • ISBN: 9781446205907
  • Edition: 1
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure ePub format
  • Title: Recognising and Planning for Special Needs in the Early Years
  • Series: Hands on Guides
  • Author: Chris Dukes; Maggie Smith
  • Imprint: SAGE Publications Ltd

In The Press

'[This book] will be useful for all those working with young children. There is helpful advice on how to encourage children towards the next stage of achievement in the areas of personal, social and emotional development, communication, language and literacy and physical development, as well as ways to improve turn-taking and other behaviours...A thorough resource for practitioners in early years, particularly for those working with pre-school children' -
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'The wealth of examples and practical resources, the accessible style and the clear presentation make this an invaluable aid to helping early years practitioners feel comfortable with their responsibilities for promoting positive outcomes for all the children in their setting' - Early Years Update

'Clear layout with helpful strategies and ideas on early recognistion. CD has great proformas to use. I have now brought all 5 books in the Hand On Guide series and they all have not disappointed me in their presentations or practical ideas' - Amazon Customer Review

'[This book is] essential reading for all early years students and practitioners' - Early Years Educator

'This book provides a clear and practical overview of approaches to identifying children's difficulties in the early years and meeting their needs in a systematic way' - SENCO Update