The Manchester Ordinarily Available Provision for Early Years Document

The Manchester Ordinarily Available Provision document describes the range of support, strategies and activities, that is available in early years settings, to young children with additional needs without the need for a formal diagnosis or specialist support: what is available as part of the basic good practice in the setting. The overarching approach is one of inclusion: a good Early Years practitioner teaches a child from wherever they are on their developmental journey, and this includes those who may have additional needs.

It has been developed in collaboration with Early Years professionals, practitioners, health colleagues, parents, Information Advice and Support Officers and educational psychologists, and was facilitated by Philippa Stobbs and Chris Webb from the Council for Disabled Children.

The document must be read in the context of the SEND Code of Practice and alongside the Manchester Matching Provision to Need Tool 0 – 5yrs. It complements the Early Years FrameworkEarly years foundation stage profile and Development Matters.


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