EMTAS Support for families with children in the Early Years and Year R


EMTAS has developed some free resources to help families support their children through the Early Years and Year R.

View, download and print this Quick Reference Guide  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 228kB for key information on finding a school place, admissions and attendance, including what to do if your child is absent from school.

For information on how to prepare your child to start school in Year R, see our Quick Reference Guide  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 363kB.

For information about School Admissions and Free School Meals (FSM), download the EMTAS Quick-Reference Guide for Parents  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 216kB.

For free information leaflets about Reading with your child are available in a range of languages on the BookTrust website.

More information and guidance on bilingualism in the early years is available from the National Literacy Trust. Some of this has been translated into other languages. The same website has information about the use of dummies and talking to your baby.

Free Early Years Education

Some two, and all three and four year olds are entitled to free part-time Early Years Education (EYE). The part-time, free Early Years Education places are available in school nursery classes, state or private nursery schools, day nurseries, playgroups or pre-schools and with approved child-minders.

Further information about free Early Years Education in English, Arabic, Bengali, Mandarin, Nepali, Polish, Romanian, Tagalog, Turkish and Urdu.


EMTAS has produced a quick-reference guide  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 432kB for settings that details key aspects of good practice in relation to provision for young children who are learning English as an additional language and for Traveller children.

For advice relating to how staff in Early Years settings can support the development of speaking and listening skills of young children for whom English is an additional language, download this EMTAS guide  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 290kB.

EMTAS has produced a checklist for settings to use to help them review their current practice in relation to children learning English as an Additional Language and Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children and their families. Download the checklist  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 263kB.

Wiltshire EMAS (Ethnic Minority Achievement Service) has produced a version of Development Matters with EAL annotations. An extremely useful document for settings working with EAL children and families.