Inclusion is a quality practice where environments and programmes are planned to ensure the meaningful participation of all children. Inclusive practice is actively seeking solutions and strategies to address barriers to including all children.

Good inclusive practice starts with building relationships with children, families and the wider community. Underpinning these relationships is a commitment to identifying any barriers to inclusion and actively seeking solutions and strategies to address these. Inclusive practice supports the participation of all children and not just those with additional needs.

Potential barriers can come from a range of issues including concerns about the suitability of the physical environment of the service, the confidence, beliefs and skills of educators, the structure of the program and family expectations about their child’s participation in the service.

Whilst accessing resources and implementing strategies to address barriers are part of implementing inclusive practice, educator values, beliefs and attitudes can be the most critical factor in making inclusion work.

The Inclusion Support Programme User Guide, and your visiting Inclusion Professional, will help you to identify any barriers to inclusion as well as strategies to overcome these barriers so that all children are able to participate meaningfully and experience a true sense of belonging within the program.