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All Children and Families Included

Statutory Framework and Equality Act
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Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) states that:

The EYFS seeks to provide:

  • equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice, ensuring that every child is included and supported.

Ofsted inspections evaluate how well Early Years settings are meeting the needs of all children. This includes how the setting is narrowing the achievement gap, particularly for identified vulnerable groups. The Equality and Inclusion Team can support Early Years and childcare providers to review provision and practice to address the needs of identified vulnerable individuals and groups of children.

All Early Years providers have duties under the Equality Act 2010. Early Years providers must promote equality of opportunity and make reasonable adjustments to meet the needs of children e.g. removing physical barriers. Providers also have an anticipatory duty to ensure that they are well prepared in advance to include children into their setting with SEND and their parents.

Council for Disabled Children document: Disabled children and the Equality Act 2010: what Early Years providers need to know and do, including responsibilities to disabled children under the Children and Families Act 2014

Kent's Strategy for Vulnerable Learners
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Kent's Strategy for Vulnerable Learners (PDF, 1.9 MB) brings together in one document all the actions we are taking in partnership with providers to improve outcomes for vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people. It also sets out examples of good practice and strategies that are having some impact in narrowing achievement gaps and promoting greater social mobility.

Core Element:

Equality and Diversity in the Early Years


  • Equality and Diversity in the Early Years (half day)
  • Using Signing and Visual Support in the Early Years (half day)
  • Bring on the Boys (half day)
  • Using Persona Dolls (half day)
  • English as an Additional Language in the Early Years Workshop (half day)
  • English as an Additional Language in the Early Years Training (1 day)
  • Encouraging Positive Behaviour in the Early Years (half day)
  • Inclusive Practice in Out of School Settings (half day).

Thread 10 - Strategic Inclusion Visit:

  • Equality and Diversity in the Early Years - Strategic Inclusion Visit (half day).


  • Best Practice Guidance for the Early Years
  • Small Steps - supporting bereaved young children
  • Getting it right for Children and Families with EAL in the Early Years
  • Inclusion Development Wheel.

Guidance on when to refer and to which service
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Contact details can change so this information will be regularly updated (as necessary).

Supporting children with medical conditions in Early Years settings
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A useful link to Health Protection in schools and other childcare facilities

Supporting bereaved young children in Early Years settings
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Small Steps is a support guide for Pre-school settings to help a child with their first steps in their grieving journey. This document is available either online or a hard copy through The Education People website

Supporting Children in Care (CIC) in Early Years settings
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We have worked with Virtual Schools Kent (VSK) to produce this information leaflet. It gives you the names and contact details of staff in your area, and more information about how you can best meet the needs of the child or children in care (CIC) in your setting.

The leaflet will support you to:

  • become involved in the Personal Education Plan (ePEP)
  • access additional funding - Early Years Pupil Premium Funding (EYPP)
  • respond to parents who request an Early Years Plan for Adopted Children (EYPAC).

Useful links
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