EHA helps to identify the needs of children and families and sets out a plan for those needs to be met.  The EHA is designed as a shared tool to be used by all agencies in Central Bedfordshire who are delivering early help; with standardised approach children and families have the same experience to explore their needs, strengths and challenges.

The EHA is the first stage of Central Bedfordshire’s early help pathway and will be used to support children and young people aged 0-19.  It can also be used (with consent) up to the age of 24 where a young person has a learning difficulty or disability.

Staff are committed to providing the very best support to all the families and children that they come in contact with and to work in partnership with parents/carers and other agencies to meet every child’s individual needs.

The Early Help Assessment is designed to help families access the right professionals as soon as possible. The EHA provides a standardised approach in a four-step process whereby practitioners can identify a child’s or young person’s needs early, assess those needs holistically, deliver coordinated services and review progress. The process is entirely voluntary and informed consent is mandatory, so families do not have to engage and if they do they can choose what information they want to share.


Staff at Houghton Conquest Lower School & Pre-School aim to identify a child’s needs early. Staff undertake to listen to concerns that families attending the school/pre-school may have and with the family’s permission, put appropriate support in place. Staff, in conjunction with the EHA Coordinator, may approach a family and discuss needs if

The EHA Co-ordinator is responsible for:

Working closely with the Preschool Leader and Headteacher of Houghton Conquest Lower School and all relevant staff and the family concerned to identify the need for a EHA to be completed

The EHA’s four-step process is outlined below:

Step one- Identify Needs Early

Identify whether the child or young person may have additional needs. Possibly through using the EHA pre-assessment checklist.

Step two- Assess those needs

Gather and analyse information on strengths and needs using the EHA.

Step three- Deliver integrated services

Determine, plan and deliver interventions to meet identified needs. Form a TAC and agree a lead professional if relevant.

Step four- Review progress

Review the action and delivery plan, identify further actions when necessary and support child or young person’s transition.

If needs are met – Close involvement

We measure the outcomes of our EHA from a range of sources e.g. when a child’s needs are met, reviews, staff and senior management meetings, parental and external agencies view.

We will make it our duty to provide a comprehensive service to parents requiring support to meet every child’s individual needs.