Early Support Resources

The Early Support resources aim to help  bring service providers together with parent carers, children and young people on the basis of shared information. Included are a range of different conditions, disabilities and difficulties, including autistic spectrum disorder, speech, language and communication, visual impairment, sleep, neurological disorders, multi-sensory impairment, rare conditions and no diagnosis.

All the resources developed for and as a part of the Early Support programme (including those mentioned below) are still available by selecting the Early Support THEME filter or using the search bar in the CDC Resources Hub.

Information Resources

These resources help practitioners to answer the questions parent carers and young people are most likely to ask either at the time of diagnosis, soon after or as the child grows and matures, moving through different transition points. The information resources are also used by families to explain their child's situation to grandparents, or friends. Early Years settings, schools and colleges can use them to improve their background knowledge and understanding when they're including children with particular conditions or disabilities.

Developmental Journals 

The Developmental Journal helps families and practitioners working with them to celebrate, record and support children's development and to identify areas where extra help may be needed. It is for anyone wishing to better understand, follow and support a child's development, as well as the specific use for disabled children and those with additional needs. 

Early Years Developmental Journal:


School Years Developmental Journal:



Other Resources

Our Family, My Life Other Resources: It brings together all relevant information about a child's, young person's and family's strengths and support needs, as well as their priorities and their aspirations for the future. To access this resource, please click here.

Multiagency Planning and Improvement Tool (MAPIT): This tool is designed to inform and underpin service improvement for disabled children, young people and their families. To access this (MAPIT) resource, please click here.

Misunderstood: Misunderstood explains what speech, language and communication needs are and includes advice and guidance on how to support communication development. To access this resource, please click here.

Specific Language Impairment (SLI) Handbook: Written by I Can and Afasic it explains what a specific language impairment (SLI) is and signposts where to go for further information and support. To access this resource, please click here.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS): This sets out the Government's wider vision for families in the foundation years. To access this resource, please click here.