Information for Early Years Practitioners


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Support/Training from the Local Authority

The Local Authority is available for advice, information and training. Some of this is funded by the Local Authority but you are also able to purchase a range of services.

Support/Training from the Local Authority


Tools to help you assess the prime areas of learning
This section provides tools and templates to help you assess children’s level of communication and language, physical development and personal, social and emotional development. Use the monitoring tools to track children to support you if you make a referral for further support. The Pathway documents describe the different level of support that are available in East Sussex.

Communication and Language

East Sussex Early Years Speech, Language and Communication Pathway

East Sussex Early Years Speech, Language and Communication Pathway Overview

East Sussex Early Years Speech, Language and Communication Monitoring Tool

Guidance for Supporting Children Learning English as an Additional Language(EAL) in the Early Years Foundation Stage

Language Checkers (with translations in different languages)

Link to: Information for Parents (including Communication and Language Resources)


Physical Development

Early Years Physical Development Pathway

East Sussex Early Years Physical Development Monitoring Tool

Link to: Information for Parents (including Physical Development Resources)


Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) and Well-being

Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) Pathway

Resources to support children and young people

Meeting Children's Emotional Needs in Early Years

Link to: Information for Parents (including PSED and Well-being Resources)


Glossary for Prime Area Pathways - Glossary of all terms used in the pathways. This will help you understand the terminology and know the teams that you can refer children and families to.


Early Years Mental Health and Emotional Well-being (MHEW)

The following link provides more information and resources regarding mental health and emotional well-being in Early Years.

Early Years Mental Health and Emotional Well-being (MHEW)


Improvement Audits

The following documents support reflection on practice helping to ensure EYFS Statutory Requirements are being met. These may form part of the local authority support completed in conjunction with an Early Years Support and Intervention Officer or can be completed as part of your ongoing reflective practice. If you are unsure of the Early Years Support and Intervention Officer in your area, please contact Childcare Support.

Reflect the minimum Early Years Foundation Stage statutory requirements.

Childminder Management and Safeguarding Audit

Group Management and Safeguarding Audit

Learning and Development Audit

Observation of Characteristics of Effective Learning

Childcare Register Audit


EYPP Toolkit

Information in this section describes how you might use your EYPP and provides templates to use to document how you have used your funding if you wish to record this for your own records. There is a poster to promote this funding to parents.

EYPP Toolkit


Parent Partnership

This information is for Early Years settings.  Further information to help parents is available under the Information for Parents section.

Fun filled ideas to support parents to play with their child at home can be found on the HALO page

HOME MATTERS: making the most of the home learning environment - Guidance for schools, nurseries, local authorities and public health partners


Practice Guidance

In this section you will find a toolkit of templates and examples and resources to help you work with young children in the EYFS. The templates are for ideas only and there is no requirement to use these formats unless you would like to.

Observation, assessment and planning resources


Launchpad to Quality


Working with two year olds

The following links are to support the completion of the statutory two year check (IPR), information about two year funding and an audit to reflect on your practice and provision for two year olds.

Integrated Progress Review Documents

Early Years Educational Entitlement (EYEE) Funding information

Two year old audit


Working with under two's

The audit is designed to help you reflect on your practice and provision for children under the age of two.

Under two's audit


Interacting with babies (0-18m) collaborative research project

Thirty-six settings took part in the ESCC Interacting with Babies (0-18m) collaborative research project which ran between 2017 and 2019. The full project report and interactions self-evaluation for this award-winning project can be requested from

Case study - high quality communication
Case study - interacting during routines
Case study - non baby room practitioner skills
Case study - non verbal communication
Case study - settling in
Case study - singing
Case study - sustained shared interactions
Case study - outdoor interactions


Helping children stay safe online

Online Safety Toolkit


Healthy eating, exercise and diet

Healthy Active Little Ones (HALO)