Parents to get complete picture of child development

Department of Health, 21 November 2014

From September 2015, health and early years practitioners will work side by side to improve outcomes for young children.  Integrated health and early years reviews for 2 to 2-and-a-half-year-olds will be rolled out next year.

Currently, health and early years reviews of young children are carried out separately. By integrating them, parents will get a more complete picture of their child, drawing on the expertise of health visitors and early years practitioners.

Age 2 is a key development point where problems such as speech delay and behavioural issues emerge. Integrating these assessments will help avoid duplication and work towards giving parents the support they need.  Integrated reviews will mean bringing together the healthy child programme review at 2 to 2-and-a-half and the early years progress check at age 2 years.

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