Devise a plan to meet the needs of an individual child

Qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit: Unit 3.8: Understand how to plan to meet the needs of the developing child
Learning outcome: Understand how to plan to meet the needs of children
Assessment criteria: Devise a plan to meet the needs of an individual child


Working with young children in Early Years settings requires practitioners to create individual plans for meeting the needs of each child. An individual plan is a detailed, targeted plan that is designed to help children reach their full potential by addressing their educational and developmental needs. This blog post will discuss the steps necessary for creating an effective individual plan for a child in an Early Years setting.

Step 1: Observe and Assess The Child

The first step in creating an individual plan for meeting the needs of a child in an Early Years setting is to observe and assess the child. This involves observing the child’s behavior, interactions with peers, level of development, and any learning difficulties they may be experiencing. During this step, it is important to remain open-minded and non-judgmental while taking note of any areas where intervention may be needed or beneficial.


Step 2: Gather Information from Parents/Caregivers

The second step is to gather information from parents or caregivers about the child’s interests, learning styles, strengths, weaknesses, and any other relevant information that can help inform your individual plan. It is also important to communicate with parents/caregivers about their expectations and hopes for their children’s development so that you can incorporate these into your individual plan as well.

Step 3: Set Goals

Once you have gathered all of the necessary information, it is time to set goals. When setting goals it is important to consider if they are achievable within a reasonable timeframe as well as how they fit into your overall philosophy on early years education. Once goals are set they should be communicated clearly with parents/caregivers so that everyone involved understands what each goal entails and what steps need to be taken in order to achieve them.


Step 4: Create an Action Plan

After setting goals it is time to create an action plan for achieving them. An action plan should include strategies for teaching new skills or reinforcing existing ones as well as assessments that can measure progress towards meeting the intended goal(s). Additionally, this action plan should incorporate activities or experiences that are designed specifically with the individual child’s interests in mind – this will ensure more meaningful learning experiences for them.


Devising a successful individual plan for meeting the needs of a child in an Early Years setting requires practitioners to take many different factors into consideration including observation and assessment of the child, gathering additional information from parents/caregivers, setting achievable goals, and creating an actionable plan based on those goals. By following these steps practitioners can ensure that they are providing each child with tailored learning experiences that will allow them to reach their full potential while having fun at the same time!

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