This guideline covers supporting the social and emotional wellbeing of vulnerable children under 5 through home visiting, childcare and early education. It aims to optimise care for young children who need extra support because they have or are at risk of social or emotional problems.
NICE has also produced guidelines on social and emotional wellbeing in primary education and social and emotional wellbeing in secondary education.
This guideline includes recommendations on:
- strategy, commissioning and review
- identifying vulnerable children and assessing their needs
- antenatal and postnatal home visiting for vulnerable children and their families
- early education and childcare
- delivering services
Who is it for?
- Commissioners and practitioners
- Members of the public
Is this guideline up to date?
We checked this guideline in December 2017. We found no new evidence that affects the recommendations in this guideline.
Next review: 2022
Guideline development process
The recommendations in this guideline represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, professionals and practitioners are expected to take this guideline fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients or the people using their service. It is not mandatory to apply the recommendations, and the guideline does not override the responsibility to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual, in consultation with them and their families and carers or guardian.
Local commissioners and providers of healthcare have a responsibility to enable the guideline to be applied when individual professionals and people using services wish to use it. They should do so in the context of local and national priorities for funding and developing services, and in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to reduce health inequalities. Nothing in this guideline should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with complying with those duties.
Commissioners and providers have a responsibility to promote an environmentally sustainable health and care system and should assess and reduce the environmental impact of implementing NICE recommendations wherever possible.