6. Universal access to early childhood education: Inclusive practice – kindergarten access and participation for children experiencing disadvantage. Where children are supported in play, they actively interact with others to create experiences to develop the skills and rewarding relationships that are fundamental to their personal growth and development across physical, social, emotional and cognitive domains (KidsMatter, n.d.). •  when given plenty of opportunities for sensory involvement. • in an environment where they experience psychologically safety, a place where risk taking and mistake making are acceptable and where encouragement is offered in a timely manner that supports a learning moment. High-quality early education: Age of entry and time in care differences in student outcomes for English-only and dual language learners. The Early Years Learning Framework Practice Based Resources – Connecting with families: Bringing the Early Years Learning Framework to life in your community (for more information, refer to https://docs.education.gov.au/system/files/doc/other/connecting-with-families_0.pdf) offers practical advice for early childhood practitioners. Retrieved from: https://aifs.gov.au/cfca/publications/social-inclusion-family-support-sector/export. ), Pedagogies of difference: rethinking education for social change(pp. Does the physical environment meet the needs of the children and support children to engage naturally with things that interest them? (2018b). Queensland state schools have access to specialists including speech/language pathologists, behaviour coaches, occupational therapists, guidance officers and learning support teachers (refer to https://education.qld.gov.au/students/students-with-disability/specialist-staff for more information). Do items need to be placed at a different height or level so that the child can reach them? Early childhood professionals are key in knowing that children with special needs are more like all children than different. Celebrating diversity: Focusing on inclusion, 4. Australia,  USQ Photo Stock. Inclusion means that every child has access to, participates meaningfully in, and experiences positive outcomes from early childhood education and care programs. Child Development, 80(5), 1329-1349. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8624.2009.01336.x. The importance of Indigenous cultural perspectives in education (The danger of the single story). Education headlines (e.g. access and explore indoor and outdoor areas as independently as possible; make choices about the resources they access and the experiences they participate in; interact meaningfully with other children and adults; care for themselves as independently as possible; experience challenge and take managed risks; engage with images, books and resources that reflect people with disabilities as active participants in and contributors to communities in a variety of ways (Owens, 2012, p. 2). Strategies and ideas for developing diverse classrooms have been suggested in this chapter. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships: Vol. Shahaeian, A., & Wang, C. (2018). Early childhood educators are key in knowing and understanding child development. Does higher quality early child care promote low-income children’s math and reading achievement in middle childhood? A number of effective intentional environmental strategies to support interactions among children with disabilities and their classmates without disabilities include limiting the size of groups and using materials that are familiar and likely to encourage social interactions. Broader diversity constructs presented in the literature, such as diverse abilities (Ashman & Elkins, 2005), diverse learners (Coyne, Kame’enui & Carnine, 2007), diverse learning rights (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), 2006) and learners in diverse classrooms (Dempsey & Arthur-Kelly, 2007), highlight the complex and multi-dimensional nature of difference and the associated power relations of inequality (Ng, 2003). (2011). In fact, an article by Odom (2000) showed that in the late 1990s, nearly 70 percent of private early education centers included children with disabilities. Children like to do things on their own and it is better for the development of children, to encourage them to do whatever they can for themselves. • accentuate well-planned, purposeful play in both outdoor and indoor settings; McKimmie, C. (2010). The NQF also “recognises all children’s capacity and right to succeed regardless of diverse circumstances, cultural background and abilities” (ACECQA, 2017, p.10). Dempsey, I., & Arthur-Kelly, M. (2008). 3. A policy statement intended for all levels of schooling, including the early years, developed by the Queensland Government Department of Education (2018) states that: Inclusive education means that students can access and fully participate in learning, alongside their similar-aged peers, supported by reasonable adjustments and teaching strategies tailored to meet their individual needs. Bronfenbrenner, U. This could include the school’s collaboration and cooperation with different community-based support agencies (Cortis et al., 2009 The HIPPY (for more information, refer to http://hippyaustralia.bsl.org.au/) and FAFT (Families as First Teachers) programs (for more information refer to http://www.earlyyearscount.earlychildhood.qld.gov.au/age-spaces/families-first-teachers/) assist families with young children to develop the language and interactions which best support parent-child relationships and a child’s transition to school (Dean & Leung, 2010). The definition of inclusion in the approved learning frameworks for ECE is broader than simply providing for children with a disability. Gottwald. Educators who enact thoughtful and informed curriculum decisions and work in partnership with families and other professionals provide children with the greatest opportunity for success. Australia, USQ Photo Stock. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson. 4, pp. Brown, W., Odom, S., McConnell, S., & Rathel, J. Being respectful and open to different cultural perspectives; Strengthening equality in opportunity (ACECQA Newsletter, 2014). Click on the following link to access the information sheet: Kids Matter – Effective Communication between families and staff members. In addition we know that teachers need supports to successfully include children with special needs in general education classrooms. individual. © Photo supplied by University of Southern Queensland Photography is licensed under a. Sydney, NSW: ACECQA. Moore, T. & Fry, R. (2011). First steps to preschool inclusion: How to jumpstart your program wide plan.Baltimore, MD: Brookes Publishing. Different childhoods: Transgressing boundaries through thinking differently, 3. doi: 10.1080/00220270500038586. The intentional teacher. Doi: 10.1007/s13158-013-0091-4, Petriwskyj, A., Thorpe, K., & Tayler, C. (2014). (n.d.). If family members differ in their view of the child, be open to their perspective, ask questions, gather information, and invite them to be your partner in meeting the needs of their child. Paris, France: OECD. 2. Your image of the child: where teaching begins.Child Care Information Exchange (96), 52-61. Child development in context. How accessible are the resources for the child? Additionally it needs to be recognised that acts of inclusion facilitate acceptance of diversity and the reduction of barriers that may preclude a child from achieving their fullest potential in an ECEC setting. 5. Visit the resource below and make a note of the different ideas one teacher has used to create an inclusive prep classroom in a Queensland primary school. ), Children, families and communities (5thed.) Siperstein, G., Parker, R., Bardon, J., & Widaman, K. (2007). Conversing with the child about their abilities, needs, and interests empowers the child and increases their sense of agency. 39 2012 – Observing children, Kids Matter – Effective Communication between families and staff members, https://docs.education.gov.au/system/files/doc/other/connecting-with-families_0.pdf, https://www.communities.qld.gov.au/childsafety/partners/our-government-partners/evolve-interagency-services, https://det.qld.gov.au/earlychildhood/service/Documents/pdf/foundations-for-success.pdf#search=crossing%20cultures%20training%20teachers, http://indigenous.education.qld.gov.au/school/crossingcultures/Pages/default.aspx, http://behaviour.education.qld.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx, https://education.qld.gov.au/students/students-with-disability/specialist-staff, http://www.earlyyearscount.earlychildhood.qld.gov.au/age-spaces/families-first-teachers/, http://www.socialinclusion.gov.au/publications.htm, https://www.kidsmatter.edu.au/early-childhood/kidsmatter-early-childhood-practice/framework-improving-childrens-mental-health-and, http://www.earlychildhoodnews.com/earlychildhood/article_view.aspx?ArticleID=147, https://www.ed.gov.nl.ca/edu/pdf/FDK_Common_Understandings_%20Document_Eng_2016.pdf, http://www.rch.org.au/emplibrary/ccch/Need_for_change_working_paper.pdf, https://www.rch.org.au/uploadedFiles/Main/Content/ccch/UAECE_Project_09_-_Final_report.pdf, https://education.qld.gov.au/students/inclusive-education, https://qed.qld.gov.au/earlychildhood/about-us/transition-to-school/information-schools-ec-services/action-area-research/respect-for-diversity, https://www.who.int/classifications/icf/en/, http://ezproxy.usq.edu.au/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.usq.edu.au/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eoah&AN=35018509&site=ehost-live. Skillman, NJ: Pediatric Institute Publications. Families NSW. These views have shifted to those incorporating curricular and pedagogic differentiation to support children’s senses of belonging (Gillies & Carrington, 2004). Respect for diversity. Introduction: Why EPPE? Early Childhood Education and Care programs are inclusive when they have: • Policies that promote inclusion • Leadership that supports inclusion • Staff who believe in inclusion In order for all children to fully participate in education, care and community, they must have equitable access to programs. The importance of high quality early years education and care has been well documented (Dahlberg, Moss, & Pence, 2007; Dearing, McCartney & Taylor, 2009; Peisner-Feinberg et al., 2014; Sylva, 2010, Torii, Fox & Cloney, 2017). Inclusive environments provide the space for the recognition of gender, ability, culture, class, ethnicity, language, religion, sexuality and family structure as integral to society (Queensland Government Department of Education, 2018b). Figure 4.3: Photograph of child with guinea pig. Jansson, B., & Olsson, S. (2006). Diversity and inclusion in the early years. Children learn through observation and imitation (Meltzoff, 1999) and modelling by an educator becomes a powerful tool in intentional teaching. Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. Children notice when adults are working and collaborating together and modelling positive behaviours. Opening eyes onto inclusion and diversity in early childhood education, 5. Figure 4.5: A photograph of child and cattle, (2018). Children are the “bearer and constructors of their own intelligences”, expressing their leanings in a variety of ways; a process Reggio educators refers to as ‘the hundred languages’ (Rinaldi, 2013). Abingdon, England: Routledge. Build relationships. There are no separate areas or curricula for children who experience disability. Generally, when children have a diagnosed disability or a physical disability (such as needing a wheelchair or hearing aid), the general classroom teacher has access to support in the form of outside agencies or assisted technology (Forlin, Chambers, Loreman, Deppler & Sharma, 2013). This backgrounder considers pre-school children with Myths associated with inclusion may also serve to dissuade the development of inclusive environments for all children. • most effectively when they progress from concrete to abstract concepts involving simple to more complex levels of knowledge, skill, and understanding, and where they can make sense of general concepts through to specific concepts. Where barriers exist, opportunities for children’s learning and development can be greatly reduced. (2017). here, here and here) and social media (e.g. (2009). Looking beyond a textbook definition of their possible diversity and noting their strengths and what they can do is also helpful. Figure 4.1: Bronfenbrenner’s social ecological model. In April 2009, Early Childhood Inclusion: A Joint Position Statement of the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) was officially approved by both organizations. (2006). The role of the educator is integral to supporting children’s learning and development. Contact the school’s Principal if there are extended absences or a suspected case of child abuse or neglect (refer to https://oneportal.deta.qld.gov.au/Students/studentprotection/Pages/Studentprotectionprocedureandguidelines.aspx for further information). Developed nations have experienced social changes, which have not been beneficial for all members of society. By continuing you agree to the use of cookies. In M. Guralnick (Ed. Hertzman, C. (2002). Gonzalez-Mena, J. Maximizing learning outcomes in diverse classrooms. (Background paper). International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health. Updated on Jul 28, 2008. The system closest to the child is called the microsystem and consists of the components in the child’s immediate surrounds such as family, extended family and early childhood setting. (We Hear You Blog). The educator’s image of a child and the environment they create are strongly connected. (2013). Curriculum decision making for inclusive practice. Retrieved from https://qed.qld.gov.au/earlychildhood/service/Documents/pdf/info-sheet-2-principles-inclusion.pdf, Torii, K., Fox, S., & Cloney, D. (2017). Early Childhood News. Conversations provide the opportunity for the child to verbalise their interests and needs. Thurman, J.R. Cornwell, & S.R. - good practice in early childhood settings - different perspectives of inclusion. What can educators do to create inclusive early childhood contexts that provide children and families with the opportunity to develop understandings of difference and diversity? The Early Years Health and Development website developed by the Queensland Government Department of Education provides to a number of links for supporting inclusive practice in early childhood settings along with links to information around health and development issues. Such inclusive actions works towards incorporating Article 23 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child which specifies that children with disabilities have the right to special care with assistance appropriate to their condition in order to promote the child’s social integration and individual development. Meltzoff, A. Retrieved from: https://www.ed.gov.nl.ca/edu/pdf/FDK_Common_Understandings_%20Document_Eng_2016.pdf, Moore, T. (2008). It is beneficial to include strategies that support children’s independence as they access the class resources to undertake their learning. Every child is unique. At the outset inform all families about the setting’s philosophy in regard to inclusion and diversity. (2019). Colville, M. (2018). A child with special needs may need to have a skill divided into smaller steps before the skill can be mastered. The inclusion of children with disabilities prompts classmates to become more understanding of, and to develop positive attitudes toward, their diverse counterparts (Odom & Bailey, 2001). Success is more likely if this step is taken from an already-existing relationship that is built on trust and respect. ). Non-indigenous teachers should seek access to safe, reliable cultural cues from other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff within their school or wider community (Dockett, Perry & Kearney, 2010; Lewig et al., 2010; Zon et al., 2004). Australia, USQ. Early childhood education as an evolving ‘Community of Practice’ or as lived ‘Social Reproduction’: Researching the ‘taken-for-granted’. Although this article is relatively simplistic, it gives an overview and introduction to the history and paths that early childhood education has taken. The purpose of the site is to help educators support children with complex additional needs to participate in early childhood education and care (ECEC) settings. As with so many areas of communication and relationships, it helps if the educator can put themselves in the shoes of the family and think about how they (the educators) may feel in the same situation. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 29, 786-803. doi: 10.1016/j.ecresq.2014.04.013, Petriwskyj, A. No children are segregated. Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA). Editor's note: This week the U.S. When responding to a child’s behaviour it is important to make sure you are doing so in ways that maintains their dignity and rights. A final important point the Bronfenbrenner model makes, is that the child is not viewed as a static participant. ECEC settings serve a wide range of children with various needs, backgrounds, abilities, genders, cultures, languages, and interests. Retrieved from https://qed.qld.gov.au/earlychildhood/about-us/transition-to-school/information-schools-ec-services/action-area-research/respect-for-diversity, Queensland Studies Authority. Brisbane, QLD: Author. Early Years Connect is a website developed by the Queensland Government Early Childhood Education and Care section of the Department of Education. Figure 4.5: Photograph of child with cattle (n.d.). For example, they may not understand why they have to wait to use the new equipment; why they cannot draw on the walls; why it is not appropriate to pull someone’s hair to get them to move. • through exploration and experimentation where they are free to move and pursue self-paced activities at their individual developmental level. Introduce and use a wide range of communication strategies with all children to equip them with a variety of approaches to use when they attempt to organise their own feelings, explain events and resolve conflict. Siraj-Blatchford, I. However, when children fail to comply with the developmental pathways typically outlined and expected in the school culture, they are sometimes labelled as having a developmental disability. Retrieved from https://www.rch.org.au/uploadedFiles/Main/Content/ccch/UAECE_Project_09_-_Final_report.pdf, Ng, R. (2003). Epstein goes on to point out that this means the educator understands why they are doing what they are doing (the intentional act) and what strategy is required for the teachable moment. Both Kids Together and the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilitie… (2007). Effective teaching strategies that accommodate diverse learners. (2010). 11. For example, ‘I am cutting around the picture. Curriculum considerations includes all planned and unplanned “interactions, experiences, routines and events” that occur each day (ACECQA, 2011, p. 203). Odom, S., & Bailey, D. (2001). Gottwald. Owens, A. The next layer of the model is called the mesosystem and refers to the alignment between contexts in the microsystem (Grace, Hayes & Wise, 2017). The next question is why? Use these ideas to begin your own collection of strategies and build upon the list as you continue to engage with ideas around creating inclusive classrooms. It may be necessary at times to “give” the children the appropriate words to use. This process is achieved in an inclusive environment where the important adults in the child’s life provide the experiences and opportunities necessary to help children participate meaningfully in their everyday lives. 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