Statement on the inclusion of every child in early childhood education and care
By Early Childhood Australia
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. 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. Inclusion is important for many reasons.
It implements current thinking about child development; supports children’s rights; implements the legal standards for early childhood education and care; and is good professional practice. Inclusion fosters diversity and overcomes any barriers that might exist to ensure that every child experiences quality early childhood education and care.
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Exclusion is when some children and their families find it harder to access and participate in early childhood education and care (ECEC) then others. Exclusion may be deliberate or unintentional. It may result from the attitudes, opinions and decisions of individuals, or from structural causes such as the location and cost of services. Exclusion refers to when children cannot access ECEC services at all, as well as circumstances where children cannot participate fully, or their particular learning needs are not met, in the services they do access.