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Best Practice Guidance (BPG) for the Early Years

Best Practice Guidance: Supporting Children in their Early Years, A Guide for Families (PDF, 808.5 KB). Colour leaflet available for download.

What is the BPG?
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Best Practice Guidance for the Early Years (BPG) has been developed by professionals within Kent to offer advice and guidance to Early Years practitioners in supporting all children, including those with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND), to achieve their potential.

The document has two purposes:

  • The opportunity to evaluate inclusive practice in general
  • The identification of specific strategies that can be used to support individual children or groups of children.

The BPG is for all early years providers and practitioners working with young children. The document provides an overview of the underpinning knowledge and understanding required to meet the needs of all children at universal, targeted and personalised levels.

The BPG document and associated Audit Tools (see below) are embedded in Kent's SEND processes. All referrals for advice and Specialist Teacher involvement come through the EY LIFT process with the expectation that BPG audit tools will accompany the referral.

How to access the BPG
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Kent settings can access an electronic copy of the BPG free of charge on the Education People website. All setting accounts have been updated to receive our KCC funded training and products for free without using a code. Please log into your Education People account then find the product you need using the search bar. Add the product to your basket, the total will change to £0.00, select submit then go to your account. You will find the product under ‘My Products and Resources’

Any queries please contact

Please be advised the document is not downloadable and cannot be saved to your PC. However, the document can be accessed in your account at any time, alternatively the link can be saved in your browser as a bookmark to access in the future.

Hard copies of the BPG can be purchased for £20 exc. VAT, please see The Education People website

The BPG is available for purchase for settings outside Kent. See The Education People website for details.

Training for BPG
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Getting to know your Early Years Best Practice Guidance. Free and easy to follow e-learning available.

BPG Audit Tools - updated September 2019
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