Early intervention-giving a helping hand

The Early Intervention Toolkit (Itkit) is a practical and inclusive tool that supports the early identification of any delays in learning and development in young children. A finalist at the Nursery World Awards 2016 (Equipment – Staff Resources category), it continues to set the benchmark for innovative teaching.

The Itkit consists of initial frames of reference cards for each of the prime areas of learning and development. Once a gap has been identified, practitioners are guided to sets of intervention cards which focus on specific skills and provide assessment advice.

Making use of resources readily available in Nursery or Early Years settings, each intervention card provides a step-by-step description of activities that can be used by any adult to help support the development of an individual child or small group of children.

The Itkit provides an easy to follow intervention programme that teachers and practitioners can be included as part of their daily routine.

The Itkit’s intervention record provides practitioners with a systematic method of monitoring the progress of individual children. This can be useful in helping to gather evidence should it be necessary to seek external support for a child.

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What’s in the box?

The Itkit contains 8 Frame of Reference cards enabling practitioners to quickly identify the needs of a child. These lead to 44 activity cards which guide you through several activities designed to support the development of the child. Two intervention record cards (which can be photocopied) are provided to help you keep track of interventions. Download the following examples:

Physical Development – Moving and Handling (Frame of Reference Card)

14 things you might observe in a child’s behaviours, including:
• Walks awkwardly or frequently trips.
• Has difficulty negotiating space or demonstrates poor spatial awareness.
• Unable to sustain an upright sitting position.
• Unable to hold a pencil between thumb and finger and make controlled marks (age-related expectation at 50 months).
• Avoidance of small constructional toys, such as jigsaws or building blocks.


Physical Development – Moving and Handling Card 1

Observed behaviour:
• Walks awkwardly or frequently trips.
• Prefers to run rather than walk.
• To improve balance and stability.
• To slow gross movements.


Physical Development – Moving and Handling Card 2

Additional activities to help develop balance, stability and gross movement.


Physical Development – Moving and Handling Card 3

Further activities to help develop balance, stability and gross movement.


How To Use The Itkit

Clear instructions on how to use the Frames of Reference cards leading to appropriate activities for children requiring additional help in their development.
Using the Intervention Record sheet to keep track of your interventions should there be a need to refer for further SEN intervention.


"A fantastic resource"

‘Excellent training and resources. Very inspirational presentation from the trainers. Trainers were very knowledgeable and ‘steeped in early yeas pedagogy’.
Jacqueline Gray, Wakefield LA – Early Years Team.

‘A fantastic resource – what I like most about the Itkit is that it is based on resources we already have in school. The Itkit is simple enough to be picked up by all staff and followed. As always the course was delivered in an inspiring and motivating manner’
Melissa Baker Ridgeway Primary Academy.

‘This was a fantastic course. The Itkit is an exceptional resource for all staff working with early years children. I can’t wait to get back to school to use it.’
Ali Windows Dunston Hill Community Primary School.

Find out about how the Itkit is being used at Highfield Primary School in Gateshead, Tyne & Wear

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