Inclusion

Inclusion and the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The EYFS represents a child- and family-centred, anti-discriminatory and inclusive approach to meeting children’s needs and interests that promotes their learning and development.

Inclusion is important because it promotes a culture of equality of opportunity and high achievement for all children, by encouraging the development of more flexible attitudes, policies and everyday practices.

It also promotes community cohesion and integration through understanding of and respect for others.

Inclusion is about attitudes as well as behaviour and practices. The attitudes of young children towards diversity are affected by the behaviour of adults around them and by whether all children and families using the setting are valued and welcomed. Inclusive settings recognise and celebrate diversity.

 Key messages

  • Inclusion is about attitudes as well as behaviour and practices.
  • The attitudes of young children towards diversity are affected by the behaviour of adults around them and by whether all children and families using the setting are valued and welcomed.
  • The principle of individualised learning underpinning the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) extends to all children; early years practitioners have a responsibility to promote the development of all children within the EYFS.
  • Working in partnerships with families is particularly important when a child has additional support needs. Joint planning that involves parents and carers and two-way exchange of information about a child is critical to success.
  • Careful tracking of development by settings and parents working together supports earlier discussion and response to emerging special educational needs.
  • Focused discussion and training is needed to help practitioners and settings consider the nature of discrimination and develop inclusive practice.
  • Inclusion is not optional: children have defined entitlements in this area and settings have legal responsibilities.

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