This quality standard covers services to support the health, and social and emotional wellbeing of children under 5, including vulnerable children who may need extra support. It includes health visitor services, childcare and early years education, and early intervention services in children’s social care. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

It does not cover clinical treatment, the role of child protection services or areas of national policy, such as free nursery places for children under 5.

Keeping quality standards up to date

We checked this quality standard in 2017 and it is still up to date.

Next review: August 2018.

Quality standard development process

How we develop NICE quality standards