Work in partnership with others to provide activities to meet children’s additional needs

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 support the additional needs of children
Assessment criteria: Work in partnership with others to provide activities to meet children’s additional needs


As an Early Years practitioner, it is important to understand how to work in partnership with other professionals and organizations in order to provide activities that meet the additional needs of children. This means understanding how different strategies can be used to develop a comprehensive plan that provides the best possible care for each individual child. In this blog post, we will explore how an Early Years practitioner would work in partnership with others to provide activities to meet the additional needs of children.

Partnering with Other Professionals

An Early Years practitioner should partner with other professionals who are focused on meeting the needs of young children. These may include speech therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, physical therapists, special educators, social workers and more. It is important to understand the roles these professionals have in providing activities that meet a child’s additional needs and be able to discuss strategies and ideas with them so that they can be incorporated into a comprehensive plan.


Partnering with Parents and Caregivers

It is also important for an Early Years practitioner to partner with parents or caregivers when creating a plan for meeting a child’s additional needs. Parents and caregivers can provide insight into the home environment as well as any challenges or concerns they may have that need addressing. Parental involvement helps ensure that there is continuity between home and school which is essential for meeting a child’s individual needs.

Partnering with Community Organizations

In addition to partnering with other professionals and parents/caregivers, an Early Years practitioner should also partner with local community organizations when developing activities that meet the additional needs of children. These organizations may offer resources such as after-school programs or recreational activities which could be beneficial for meeting certain goals set out by an individualized intervention plan. Additionally, community organizations may offer support services such as childcare or transportation which could make it easier for families to access necessary services or participate in prescribed activities outside of school hours.



Working in partnership is essential when creating interventions and activities intended to meet the additional needs of young children. An Early Years practitioner should look at all potential sources of help including other professionals, parents/caregivers and community organizations when creating plans designed to help children reach their fullest potential. By working together towards common goals, everyone involved will be better equipped to support each child’s development while addressing their specific concerns or challenges along the way.

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