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A Practical Guide to Pre-school Inclusion

A Practical Guide to Pre-school Inclusion

October 2006 | 128 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Are you looking for straight-forward practical advice on inclusion in the Pre-School? This first book in the Hands on Guides series provides step-by-step instruction on how to make your pre-school setting inclusive, and provides lots of helpful reproducible resources, checklists, and practical activities.

Issues covered include:
  • Advice on inclusive environments, play and planning to meet individual needs in 0 – 3 and Foundation stage settings
  • Coverage of current legislation, such as the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) and what it means for the pre-school practitioner
  • Quick-reference materials, for planning and auditing any early years setting
  • A CD Rom with templates that can be customized to fit your needs
This book is essential for those working with Birth to Three Matters and the Foundation Stage curriculum, including pre-school practitioners, managers, advisory teachers, Area SENCOs, Inclusion Officers Tutors and Child Care and Education students and tutors.
Inclusion: What It Is and Why It's Good News For Everyone.
The Legislation: What It Means For You
The Setting: Creating an Inclusive Environment
Play and Learning: Creating Inclusive Play Opportunities
Making It Happen: Working With Individual Children and Parents.
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'Any setting will find this a useful, informative and accessible book'-

Early Years Update

' I really enjoyed reviewing this book and will find it an excellent resource to share with the childminders with whom I work. I feel that it would benefit early years practitioners from all settings and would be a useful tool for tutors and students working at all levels'- National Childmining Association

'The straight forward step-by-step practical advice and guidance in this essential guide really helps to demystify exactly what is meant by inclusion . It is a vital and essential read for all those working with the 0-5 age range. It is an easy read that will leave you feeling more confident and well-informed about your role and it empowers you to help children with difficulties that you may have been reluctant to include in your setting'-Early Years Educator

'I really liked the way the book is set out with hands-on activities, checklists, discussion points and further reading after each chapter...[it] is full of brilliant suggestions and practical ideas to ensure all children can play and learn together...I will be recommending this book to early years practitioners and colleagues'-Nursery World

'A useful and informative book, written in a style that is easily understood and accessible to practitioners at different levels. I found the case studies and activities within the book helpful to practitioners in evaluating their own practice, and its references to further sources of support will be invaluable to the busy childcare professionals of today' - Natalie Chaplin, Head of Care, Education & Public Services, Suffolk College

The book provides a good introduction on the topic of inclusion of children with additional need into pre-school. I gives a variety of practical tipps which can be easily applied by students when working with children with additional needs. It will help students to assess an environment and implement changes that are necessary in order to fully include children with additional needs into an ECCE setting.

Ms Silvia Gursinski
Department for Social Science, IT Sligo
August 19, 2015

A very practical book, good ideas, backs up the theory and helps put it into practice

Mrs Claire York
Education , Nelson & Colne College
July 11, 2014

A informative book with case studies and activities that help the students work on evaluating their own skills.

Miss Amy Smith
Early Years and Child care, Wakefield College
February 8, 2014

A well organised book that has lots of hands-on activities, ideas to try and case studies. I found it very useful for seminars.

Mrs Svetlana Shivacheva
University Centre Croydon, Croydon College
October 8, 2013

Super book, loads of ideas for inclusive practice

Mrs Donna O'Connor
EYCYP, NWRC Strabane Campus
April 18, 2013

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

Chris Dukes

Chris Dukes is a qualified teacher with over 20 years’ experience. She has worked in various London primary schools as a class teacher and also as a member of the Senior Management Team. Chris has a Master’s degree in Special Needs and through her later role as a Special Needs Co-ordinator and Support Teacher, many years’ experience of working with children with additional needs. Chris has worked closely, mentoring, advising and supervising staff teams to work with young children as well as with other education and health professionals. She currently works part time as an Area SENCO supporting Special Needs Co-ordinators and managers in a... More About Author

Maggie Smith

Maggie Smith began her career as a nursery teacher in Birmingham. She has worked as a peripatetic teacher for an under-5’s EAL Team and went on to become the Foundation Stage manager of an Early Years Unit in inner London. Maggie helped to set up an innovative unit for young children with behavioural difficulties and has also worked supporting families of children with special needs. She has taught on Early Years BTEC and CACHE courses at a college of higher education. Maggie currently works part time as an Area SENCO supporting Special Needs Co-ordinators and managers in a range of early year’s settings. She is also one half of ... More About Author

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