4 Apr, 2015

ncb | The Integrated Review

Bringing together health and early education reviews at age two to two-and-a-half | Published online by the NCB Early Childhood Unit March 2015 

From September 2015, local authorities, health visiting services and early years providers will be expected to bring together health and early education reviews for young children at the age of two to two-and-a-half.

Age two to two-and-a-half is an important time for children and their parents. It is a period of rapid growth, learning and development in a young child’s life, and is also a crucial time when a child’s need for additional support from health services or the education system can become clear. While the care given during the first months and years of a baby’s life is critical for equipping them for the future, age two is another important stage where planned contact with all children and their parents can help to make a real difference to a child’s future outcomes.

Integrating the existing health and education reviews at age two will help to identify problems and offer effective early intervention for those children who need more support, at an age where interventions can be more effective than they would be for an older child.

This document is intended to provide support to practitioners carrying out Integrated Reviews with young children at the age of two to two-and-a-half, including health visitors, early years practitioners and those managing the provision of health and early education services.

For the purposes of these materials, ‘parents’ are defined as all parents, carers and family members who may be involved in the care of young children.