Inclusion and the EYFS - CPD

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Inclusion discussion - #EYTalking - Tues 21 May 8 – 9 pm

Enhance your CPD by sharing ideas with other professionals and using what you have shared to make changes to your provision and ways of working. Then, use your CPD to improve your business practices - and write about the changes you have made and their impact on outcomes for children in your self evaluation / Ofsted SEF.

This CPD was shared on Twitter #EYTalking - I have added information to the suggestions made during the discussion. #EYTalking is open to all early years professionals including childminders.

I hope you find it useful 

EYFS requirements - inclusion /equality of opportunity / diversity
• Overarching statement III of the EYFS - ‘The EYFS seeks to provide: Equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice, ensuring that every child is included and supported’
• EYFS Requirement 3.18 - ‘Induction training (for staff) must include: information about the provider’s equality policy.’
• EYFS Requirement 3.66 - ‘Providers must have and implement a policy, and procedures, to promote equality of opportunity for children in their care, including support for children with special educational needs or disabilities. The policy should cover: how the individual needs of all children will be met (including how those children who are disabled or have special educational needs, will be included, valued and supported, and how reasonable adjustments will be made for them); the name of the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (in group provision); arrangements for reviewing, monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of inclusive practices that promote and value diversity and difference; how inappropriate attitudes and practices will be challenged; and how the provision will encourage children to value and respect others.’
• EYFS Requirement 3.72 - ‘Providers must make the following information available to parents and/or carers: How the setting supports children with special educational needs and disabilities.’

Childcare Register requirements - inclusive practice
• Requirement CR 6.4 - ‘Childminders must ensure that the childcare is accessible and inclusive by taking all reasonable steps to ensure that the needs of each child, relating to their childcare, are met.’
• Requirement CR 6.5 - ‘Childminders and home childcarers must ensure that the childcare is accessible and inclusive by not refusing to provide childcare or treat any child less favourably than another child by reason of the child’s:
 Race
 Religion
 Home language
 Family background
 Gender, or
 Disability and/or learning difficulty
Taking all reasonable steps to ensure children with disabilities have access to the premises.’

EYFS / Childcare Register required policy
The requirement for childminders to have a WRITTEN equality of opportunity policy which includes information about how you support children with learning difficulties and disabilities is clarified here -

Further legislation
• UN Convention on the Rights of the Child -
• SEN code of practice -
Note - the Code of Practice is under review – due to be completed Sept 2014
• Equality Act 2010 – the legislation within which all childminders must work -

Audit your inclusive practice
• ‘All of us: inclusion checklist for settings’ -
• Accessibility audit from Whizz Kidz (for wheelchair users) -
• Leeds Access Audit (free resources on Childminding Forum) -
• ‘Inclusive Practice Self Audit’ from Noel Quinn for Devon Childminders - available as a protected Word document when searched via Google
• EYFS Theme 1.2 ‘Inclusive Practice’ card (DfE archives) includes lots of tips and self evaluation questions -
• Working towards inclusive practice – a toolkit from Save the Children to support providers who care for children from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller cultures -
• Professional Development Pack from Education Scotland -

What do we mean by ‘inclusion’?
• Taking the time to assess each child’s individual needs - most childminders have an ‘all about me’ child record form which is regularly updated to reflect children’s changing needs
• Consulting with and listening to the views of every child
• Being aware of when you are not inclusive and making changes to include the child
• Offering the best opportunity for each child to reach their full potential

Ideas for ways to be inclusive –
• Use Makaton with all the children = inclusive communication
• Include each child in observations, assessments and planning activities
• Work closely with parents - respect parents views; don’t be afraid to talk to parents about concerns; encourage parents to share information about children’s home learning
• Work with other professionals, sharing information to benefit the child
• Use inclusive dolls (for example) to tell stories which support children learning about similarities and differences and the world around them including disability and equality of opportunity
• Children must be given equal opportunities to participate in all activities and experiences – how can we adapt the environment / resources to ensure they can join in?
• Learn words / phrases in each child’s home languages
• Attend training and educate yourself about different aspects of inclusion eg English as an additional language or food allergies etc
• Translate documents for parents, use plain English and be prepared to read and complete documents for parents who do not read

Links to free information and support documents
• Disability and the EYFS factsheet from NCB -
• Information from –

• Developmental journal for disability / promoting inclusion – EYFS in smaller steps -
• Good practice on You Tube (for older children to watch) –
• Play and Learning in the early years for inclusion –
• Inclusive Play information from Play Wales –
• Inclusion Development Programme for children with autism -
• Planning for inclusion - making your play strategy inclusive -
And here -
• Effective learning opportunities for all -
• Bridges to including disabled children in play -
• Advice and information –
• Scope campaign - in the picture -

Resources available to purchase
• Nursery World magazine articles ‘Inclusive Practice’ - member log in required -
• ‘Supporting Special needs: Understanding inclusion in the early years’ – Penny Tassoni
• ‘Inclusion and Diversity in the early years’ - Practical Pre-school -
• ‘Special needs and Early years: a practitioner guide’ - Kate Wall
• Children’s inclusive books from letterbox Library -
• ‘Buskers Guide to inclusion’ by Philip Douch
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  1. angeldelight's Avatar
    Thank you Sarah

    Angel xx

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