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ERIC Number: EJ821047
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0957-5146
Empowering Early Years Workers to Identify and Target Areas of Difficulty in Pre-School Children
Whiteley, Helen E.; Smith, Chris D.; Hutchinson, Jane
Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, v25 n2 p155-166 Jul 2005
This paper reports on a project aimed at providing skills and resources to support nursery staff in identifying areas of strength and need in 3- to 5-year-old children. The six participating nurseries were all in areas of high socio-economic disadvantage. Staff were trained to administer, score and interpret a wide-ranging screening inventory. Following the assessment of children at nursery entry, staff were given support in developing appropriate programmes of activities to address the weaknesses and build on the strengths identified for individual children. All the children were reassessed following a period of six months. Although time was a major issue, staff were generally positive about the screening process and recognised the worth of early identification and intervention. While 46% of 173 children screened at the start of the project had significant difficulties in some area of development, only 6.9% remained at risk on the screening measure following tailored input. Systematic screening was identified as important for alerting staff to difficulties that might otherwise go unnoticed. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom