Including Children with Additional needs into Our Centre
Kiddie Cloud Early Learning Centre is committed to providing a high
quality program that caters for the needs, interests and abilities of all
What Are ‘Additional Needs’?
According to Angela Owens, the term ‘additional needs’ defines and categorises a range of conditions and circumstances that can result in children requiring specialist support. While additional needs can include health conditions, welfare issues and, challenging life circumstances, this information focuses on children who have additional needs related to their learning and physical development and wellbeing. These may include children who have:
- A physical disability such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy or amputation
- An intellectual disability or developmental delay
- Communication problems or disorders
- A diagnosed condition such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Down Syndrome or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Challenging behaviours.
At Kiddie Cloud Early Learning Centre we believe that Children who have additional needs can benefit greatly from attending quality childcare. It can enrich children’s lives and provide them with opportunities and the support to extend their skills, experiences and development.
Including children with additional needs in care is also valuable for other children and Educators. The world is made up of diverse individuals who have a range of skills, abilities and understandings. Genuinely inclusive programs help children and adults learn to appreciate and value the similarities and differences between individuals, and to learn to see each person as a whole, rather than defining them according to their additional needs.
Some examples of how our Educators promote your child’s inclusion involves:
- demonstrating acceptance of and respect for your child
- showing that they value and perceive your child as a whole person, rather than seeing them only in terms of their needs
- taking time to get to know your child, their strengths and particular interests, as well as their areas of need
- using your child’s interests and strengths as a basis for planning learning
experiences for them
- seeking information from your family and other relevant sources about your child’s specific needs or condition and how these can be supported
- where possible, adapting planned activities and daily routines to support your child’s participation
- supporting other children and adults at the service to understand your child’s needs and to include your child in daily experiences and activities. This should be done sensitively, and your family and child’s rights to confidentiality must be respected.
- providing you with regular information about your child’s progress and experiences at care, as well as any concerns or issues as they arise. This may be done through daily written and/or verbal information exchange, as well as through scheduled meetings.
- recording daily information that may relate to the care of your child’s specific needs. For example, details relating to toileting, eating, their behaviour or interactions with others. A daily diary or communication book may be used for this purpose.