Children in Wales led a partnership to deliver the Early Support programme across Wales for 4 year with funding from Welsh Government. This programme aimed to improve the lives of children with additional needs and their families, and was specifically aimed at children aged 5 years or under.
The funding for the Early Support programme ended in March 2013, however the Welsh Government is in the process of developing a system of Individual Development Plans for children and young people with additional needs, and ran pilot projects in 8 Local Authorities which ended in July 2013.
The Welsh Governmentare planning to develop legislation to embed the Individual Development Plan (IDP) process. We anticipate that Early Support will be the 0-5 model to link into the IDP process for children in Schools.
The Early Support Wales website including a range of resources to support families with young disabled children is currently still available at: www.earlysupportwales.org.uk.
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