Early childhood intervention means as early as possible, as flexible as possible, as close as possible and as short as possible.

As early as possible concerns, first of all, providing an intervention at an early stage in a child’s life. It also covers many other relevant elements such as intervening as soon as the need is detected, putting early assessment in place, providing the required support as early as possible, and preparing and planning transition phases from one educational phase to the next and to employment.

Although the various Agency projects have not analysed the reduction of school dropout rates, it can be stated that good policies and practices in early detection, together with early and efficient support result in a reduction in school dropout rates.

This and other outcomes from the Agency’ International Conference in 2013 have been summarised in the Five Key Messages for Inclusive Education report.