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Inclusive Practice

Equality and diversity, children's entitlements and early support

Ensuring that every aspect of early childhood education is inclusive is vital to providing the highest quality education for young children and their families, Inclusive Practice offers essential guidance on how to plan and resource a genuinely inclusive environment. It shows educators how to facilitate an inclusive team and invites them to reflect on three main strands of quality and diversity, children's entitlements, and early support. It will also help early childhood educators and teams put inclusive practice into action. The many practical examples and points for reflection support readers to gain confidence in their own skills and assess whether they could improve their current provision to better support the young children in their care.

Ages: 0-5 | Pages: 52 | Code: TS0300 | ISBN: 9781925145274

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Nicole Halton

Nicole Halton – Co-founder/director of Inspired EC and educational consultant
Nicole Halton has been a proud member and advocate of the early childhood profession for over 13 years. Nicole is particularly passionate about the provision of quality early childhood services and children having the right to a childhood filled with risk, adventure and fun. 

From 2005 to 2012, Nicole was the director of Woodrising Community Preschool and Child Care Centre, a service that has developed a strong reputation for its commitment to natural play environments and authentic experiences for children. During her leadership the centre was one of the first services to be assessed under the National Quality Standards and achieved the rating of 'Exceeding'.  

In 2007 Nicole and her business partner Natashja Treveton spent countless hours discussing the need for inspiring professional development in their local area and, as a result, founded their educational training and consultancy business, Inspired EC. Their passion and enthusiasm in their beliefs have allowed the company as well as the services they offer to develop and expand and to ‘inspire’ thousands of educators Australia wide.


Anne Rodgers

Anne Rodgers has over 30 years’ experience in the early years sector in the United Kingdom. She has a Master of Early Years Education and is currently working as an early years consultant. She also has experience delivering training courses for educators and child minders and is an associate of the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) and a part-time inspector for the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted) in the United Kingdom.


1. Equality and diversity7
How inclusive is your setting?7
The role of the adult11
Learning environments12
Promoting positive self-esteem19
Record keeping, planning and assessment19
2. Children’s entitlements25
What is inclusive practice?25
United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)26
Diversity and inclusive practice27
What does legislation look like in early education and care services?29
National Quality Framework requirements29
Policies and procedures31Anti-discrimination acts32
Reflecting on policies and practices32
3. Early support35
Who needs support?35
Early support35
Observation, planning and assessment36
Assessment of learning36
Strategic inclusion plans42
Outside agencies43
Health visitors44
Speech and language therapy support44
Occupational therapy services44
Bringing it all together47
Effective practice47
Reflecting on practice47
Challenges and dilemmas48