Early Child and Family Support Principles and Prospects: For parents and practitioners impatient for change

By Peter Limbrick


This book is about support for families whose new child has significant challenges to development and learning.


Key messages

  • These families are an oppressed minority group unable to fight for their rights without help
  • These children and their families deserve the best possible quality of life
  • The task of parents is to bring up their children, practitioners’ task is to help them when they ask
  • Helping a new child develop and learn is primarily an education issue
  • Regular support is best offered at home and in community education settings rather than in hospitals
  • Most families will benefit from a locally relevant version of team around the child (TAC)
  • Early support practitioners should be treated as a unified workforce and part of a collective effort
  • Local early support task forces could help improve local systems and work to counter oppression



1. Ten principles to guide effective integrated early child and family support
Reviewing principles for local relevance
2. Adjusting the balance between health and education in early child and family support
Five propositions for adjusting the balance between health and education in early child and family support.
Contrasting a therapy approach with an educational approach to the early skill of moving on the floor.
Joining therapy and education – an early personal experience.  
3. Prospects for offering effective integrated early child and family support to all families
Out-dated institutional attitudes and medical conservatism
General prejudice and discrimination
Families as an oppressed minority group
The common failings in top-down reform
Local early child and family support task forces to accelerate the pace of change 
4. ZEN in the Team Around the Child approach
Relevant links

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Published by Interconnections 2022. ISBN: 978-0-9576601-9-9

81 pages. 16cm x 22cm. Perfect bound. £15.00

A PDF version is available electronically to save postage costs

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