Critically evaluate the provision for children with additional needs in own setting

Qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit: Unit 3.13: Support children with additional needs
Learning outcome: Be able to critically evaluate the provision for children with additional needs in own setting
Assessment criteria: Critically evaluate the provision for children with additional needs in own setting


As an Early Years practitioner, it is essential to have a comprehensive understanding of the needs of all children in the setting. This includes being able to identify and critically evaluate the provision that is available for children who require additional support for their learning and/or development. In this blog post, we will discuss why it is important to be able to evaluate provision for such children and what steps can be taken to ensure that they receive the best possible care.

The first step in critically evaluating the provision for children with additional needs is to understand their individual needs. For example, a child might need support with social skills because they are on the autism spectrum or they may need help developing their fine motor skills if they have a physical disability. It is also important to recognize any existing strengths or weaknesses within the setting that could impact how effectively these needs can be met. This could include having access to resources or staff training that would enable practitioners to better meet those specific needs.


Once the individual needs of a child have been identified and strengths and weaknesses within the setting have been noted, it’s time to create an action plan for providing effective support for them. This should include both short-term goals (such as ensuring that equipment and resources are available) as well as long-term goals (such as implementing best practices when working with these particular children). It’s also important to ensure that there is enough time allocated for each goal so that progress can be monitored throughout its implementation. Furthermore, it is essential that assessments are regularly conducted in order to gauge whether or not changes made are effective in meeting the needs of these children.

Finally, communication between all stakeholders involved—including parents, educators, therapists, etc.—needs to be maintained in order to ensure a holistic approach towards meeting each child’s individual needs. This communication should take place both formally and informally so that all parties involved can stay up-to-date on any changes or progress made by each child’s particular circumstances.


Understanding and evaluating provision for children with additional needs in Early Years settings is essential if practitioners want to provide quality care and support while ensuring positive outcomes for these young learners. By taking into consideration individual needs, strengths and weaknesses within the setting, creating an action plan based on those factors, conducting regular assessments of progress toward goals set out in this plan, and maintaining effective communication between all stakeholders involved; practitioners can ensure that they are providing the best possible care for these young learners with additional needs.

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