ECA is committed to the inclusion of every child in early childhood education and care. Inclusion means that every child has access to, participates meaningfully in, and experiences positive outcomes from early childhood education and care programs. Inclusion resources are an important part of how we support high quality early childhood education and care. You can access these resources and links from this page.
Statement on the inclusion of children in early childhood education and care
This statement explains inclusion. It outlines why inclusion is important, and it sets out what is required from everyone involved in the delivery of early childhood education and care to ensure inclusion of every child. Find out more here.
Please also find the accompanying Factsheet on The experience of inclusion and exclusion in early childhood education and care available for download here.
Early Years Connect
Early Childhood Australia launched Early Years Connect in 2016. This project is delivered in partnership with C&K and Autism Queensland and is proudly funded and supported by the Queensland Government.
Early Years Connect is a professional development package which has been designed to support early childhood education and care (ECEC) educators working with children with complex additional needs. This includes children with a disability, significant development delay and complex social, emotional and behavioural needs.
To view Early Years Connect resources click here.
Statement on inclusion of children with disability
ECA collaborated with Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA) to produce a Joint statement on the inclusion of children with disability in early childhood education and care.
- Inclusive early childhood education: Development, resources and practice (6th edn)
- Inclusive education in the early years: Right from the start
- Inclusive pedagogy from a child’s perspective
- The A to Z of special needs
- Gifted and talented: Inclusion and exclusion
- Including one, including all: A guide to relationship-based early childhood inclusion
- Transition to school for children with additional needs (webinar)