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.

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