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Success from the start

(This was previously known as the Early Support Monitoring Protocol, it has recently been revised.)

Success from the Start: a developmental resource for the families of deaf children 0 to 3 is a resource to help families and the professionals who work with them, keep a record of the progress that their child makes, to understand next steps and provide ideas for activities that can be done with their child after the hearing loss has been identified. 

This resource is a revision of Early Support Monitoring Protocol (ESMP). However, the new resource has been redeveloped by the National Deaf Children’s Society. It has been reduced in length, updated, the language simplified and the basic steps restructured.

The resource covers the areas of communication and language, listening and vocalising, social development and well-being, play and understanding and physical development.

There are four parts:

  1. How to use the resource
  2. Developmental profiles
  3. The 11 steps of the Success from the Start resource
  4. Summary sheets to help get an all-round picture of the child’s development and to see the strengths and challenges across the different developmental areas.

Age range

0-3 years (or older if more complex needs)

Who can use it?

Parents with advice from Teachers of the Deaf or other professionals


  • Based on the well-known and well-regarded Early Support Monitoring Protocol.
  • Free to download or photocopiable.
  • Can help parents share their observations of their child.
  • Recognise the importance of what their child is doing now.
  • Supports them in asking questions and understanding their child’s development.
  • Gives clarity about what sorts of things their child may do next.
  • Provides ideas as to what they and others can do to help.
  • Useful for both oral and signing children.


  • Only available as online version.

Is there a cost? 


Where can I access it?

Access our Success from the start: A developmental resource for families of deaf children aged 0 to 3