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1.1 Children can have a varying degree of needs when growing up. Therefore it is imperative as carers we have a collaborative approach to supporting their needs to assist positively with their development and scope of learning. A variety of early learning settings, schools and children’s centres are responding to the extra needs of young children and their families. In England the government has established a framework known as Every Child Matters. This states the five outcomes that we should be striving to meet in our care settings for children in their early years.
To Be Healthy
To Stay Safe
To Enjoy and Achieve
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1.6 The Green Paper,Every Child Matters (Dfes 2003) and the Children Act 2004 outlined a common assessment framework (CAF) as a way of providing early ‘ intervention for children before they reach a crisis point.
The CAF is a shared assessment and planning framework to be used by all practitioners working for children's services in all local areas in England and Northern Ireland . The aim of the CAF Is to ensure an early identification of children and young persons additional needs and to ensure that agencies work together to meet them.
This common assessment is general and is meant to be accessed by all early years practitioners and improve communication between them. It may be the first type of assessment for a child who has more specific needs such as a child with special educational needs who may be assessed according to the special code of practice .The CAF is a key part of delivering services that are integrated , and are focused around the needs of children and young people. The CAF is an holistic approach to conducting assessments of children's additional needs and deciding how these needs should be met. It can be used by practitioners working on a daily basis with