Inclusion within the context of Early Childhood and Child Care (ECEC) recognises the right of every child to participate meaningfully in all aspects of community life. Active and meaningful participation is not the same as just enrolling in or attending an ECEC service. Inclusion happens when children are viewed as capable and valued contributors as opposed to having deficits that need to be fixed. Inclusion is about human diversity, where each child is viewed as being unique. True inclusive practice values diversity as a resource that informs all policy and practice.

Inclusion is everybody’s responsibility, though sometimes our fears, lack of confidence, attitudes and beliefs can be the most significant barriers to achieving this. Good reflective practice, educator commitment and teamwork are the starting points for successful inclusion.


A range of resources are available to support services to provide inclusive environments and programs for all children.

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Inclusion Professional Learning

View the range of professional learning opportunities to support educators on their inclusion journey. Professional learning builds educators’ confidence, skills and knowledge around inclusion.

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