Early Years SEN toolkit - Social, emotional and mental health needs | Oxfordshire County Council

Early Years SEN toolkit - Social, emotional and mental health needs

Activities and resources to support children with social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH).

Assessment, planning and recording templates

It is helpful to understand that all behaviour is a form of communication.

There’s always a reason for the way young children behave. Use these templates to help you unpick and understand what may be causing unwanted behaviours.

Once you have begun to understand some of the reasons for specific behaviours it can be easier to understand how to support the child to behave differently.

Activities and strategies

Activities and strategies to help with developing good social, emotional and mental health and supporting children with special educational needs in these areas.


  • Early support produce resources on Behaviour
  • The Inclusion Development Programme (IDP)
    Supports practitioners to learn more about special educational needs and the best ways of supporting children. There is an elearning module for Behavioural, emotional and social difficulties and the original programme document can be downloaded by selecting the Early Years Foundation Years BESD tab.
Last reviewed
20 April 2018
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