04 Feb 2013

Launch of the new Early Support Early Years Developmental Journal

Early Support Early Years Developmental Journal

Early Support Early Years Developmental Journal

Today (4th February) Early Support, the body that addresses the needs of disabled children, young people and their families, and The Open University launch the Early Years Development Journal. This is a new resource for families and the practitioners working closely with them to record a child’s development to better aid the identification of areas where additional help may be required.

John Oates, Senior Lecturer at The Open University has led the creation of the journal. Speaking about the Journal he said, “This is a unique resource. It is designed to support key working and foster communication between all those involved in a child’s development. While its primary use is for families, it is also intended that the Journal will be a useful resource for the 24-30 month statutory Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) progress assessment as well as supporting child health monitoring.”

The Journal is based on extensive analysis of a wide range of developmental assessment tools and experience with the generic Developmental Journal that it replaces. The content of the Journal will also be incorporated into the forthcoming Early Support app and website.

The Journal has been developed by a team of specialists in child development, early years, and childhood disability and special needs, led by John Oates, with Silvana Mengoni of the Child and Youth Studies Group in the Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology at The Open University, Milton Keynes.

The Early Years Developmental Journal and a ‘How to Use It’ guide can be downloaded free of charge from the Early Support website
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About Early Support
Early Support is a core partner supporting the implementation of the strategy detailed in Support and aspiration: A new approach to special educational needs and disability, the Government's 2011 Green Paper. This identified Early Support as a key approach to meeting the needs of disabled children, young people and their families. Early Support is funded by the Department for Education and administered by the National Children’s Bureau. The Open University is a central partner of the Early Support consortium.

About The Open University
The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning. Since it began in 1969, the OU has taught almost 1.8 million students and has almost 250,000 current students, including over 15,000 overseas.

The OU came top for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey this year, and has been in the top three universities every year since the survey began in 2005. In 2011/12 it had a 93% satisfaction rating. Over 70% of students are in full-time or part-time employment, and four out of five FTSE 100 companies have sponsored staff to take OU courses.

In the UK’s latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008) the OU was ranked in the top third of UK higher education institutions. More than 50% of OU research was assessed in the RAE as internationally excellent, with 14% as world leading.

Regarded as Britain’s major e-learning institution, the OU is a world leader in developing technology to increase access to education on a global scale. Its vast ‘open content portfolio’ includes free study units on OpenLearn, which has had more than 25 million visits, and materials on iTunes U, which has recorded over 56 million downloads. The OU has a 41 year partnership with the BBC which has moved from late-night lectures in the 1970s to prime-time programmes such as Frozen Planet, Bang Goes the Theory, James May’s Big Ideas and The Money Programme

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