Here’s our quick guide to commonly used acronyms in British nurseries:

Nursery AcronymsDefinition
ADDAttention Deficit Disorder
ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
BSLBritish Sign Language
BSPBehaviour Support Plan
BSSBehaviour Support Service
CAT Cognitive Ability Test
DCPODesignated Child Protection Officer
EBDEmotional and Behavioural Difficulties
ELCCEarly Learning and Childcare
EYFSEarly Years Foundation Stage
FSFoundation Stage
HIHearing Impairment
LDLearning Difficulties
MLDModerate Learning Difficulties
MTfPMaking Time for Play
PCTPrimary Care Team
PDPhysical Disability
PMLDProfound Multiple Learning Difficulties
PWPlayworker
SEBDSocial, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
SEMHSocial, Emotional and Mental Health
SENSpecial Educational Needs
SENCOSpecial Educational Needs Coordinator
SENDSpecial Educational Needs and Disability
SLDSevere Learning Difficulties

Not found the acronym you’re looking for? Here’s a further list of commonly used acronyms in British schools:

General Education AcronymsDefinition
BSABasic Skills Agency
DBSDisclosure Barring Service
DfEDepartment for Education
EALEnglish as an Additional Language
EDUEducation Development Unit
EPEducation Psychologist
ESW Education Social Worker
EWOEducation Welfare Officer
GTCGeneral Teaching Council
IEPIndividual Educational Plans
INSETIn-service Education and Training
ITTInitial Teacher Training
KPIKey Performance Indicator
L&DLearning and Development
LALocal Authority
LEALocal Education Authority
LGBLocal Governing Body (for Academies)
LRCLearning Resource Centre
LSALocal Support Assistant
LSCBLocal Safeguarding Children's Board
LGBLocal Governing Body (for Academies)
LRCLearning Resource Centre
LSALocal Support Assistant
LSCBLocal Safeguarding Children's Board
NUTNational Union of Teachers
NVQNational Vocational Qualification
OFSTEDOffice for Standards in Education
PGCEPostgraduate Certificate of Education
SCITTSchool-centred Initial Teacher Training
SDPSchool Development Plan
SMARTSmart, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-scaled Targets
SoWScheme of Work
TEFLTeaching English as a Foreign Language
TESOLTeaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
TLRTeaching and Learning Responsibilities
UCASUniversity and Colleges Admissions Service
VLEVirtual Learning Environment
WBLWork Based Learning

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