Welcome to our weekly quality improvement support series for 2021.
“It’s our polite nudge in the ribs to help you and your team stay organised and on task.”
This week’s subject is: Strategic Inclusion Plan
Element 1.1.2: Child-centred
Each child’s current knowledge, strengths, ideas, culture, abilities and interests are the foundation of the program.
Services that receive support through the Inclusion Support Program (ISP) are required to develop a Strategic Inclusion Plan (SIP). A SIP is an inclusion assessment and planning tool that includes short and longer-term strategies for improving and embedding inclusive practice for children with additional needs.
The SIP identifies barriers that impact the service’s capacity to include children with additional needs and outlines the strategies to be implemented. The plan should be continually updated to reflect progress and any changes and reviewed every 12 months.
The Inclusion Support Plan should be based on the child’s individual needs in relation to their learning, medical, physical, personal and social development. Educators, guided by the Inclusion Agency (IA), will collaborate with the child’s parents/guardian, allied health professionals, therapists to develop a plan to identify and outline adjustments required to ensure the child experiences equitable opportunities for the child’s integration into the learning environment.
As with all children, the starting point is based around the child’s current knowledge, strengths, ideas, culture, abilities, needs and interests as the foundation. The SIP then demonstrates an understanding of the physical, social and intellectual characteristics of the child by providing a differentiated curriculum to help meet their specific learning and developmental needs.
INCLUSION SUPPORT PLANNING
The Childcare Centre Desktop also contains a Guide to Strategic Inclusion Plan as well an Additional Needs Policy. This can be downloaded from Compliance / Educational Program and Practice and Childcare Policies / QA1
Resources, NQS Element, Regulation and System7 links
Childcare Centre Desktop – Guide to Strategic Inclusion Plan, Additional Needs Policy
National Quality Standard – QA1 / Element 1.1.2
System7 Modules – QA2 – 2, QA6 – 21 & 24
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