Inclusion is a difficult, complex issue for which there are no off-the-shelf answers. To be an effective practitioner it is necessary to identify what makes each situation and circumstance unique and use this knowledge to develop strategies and approaches that are appropriate. This timely new text examines the key perceptions, perspectives and concepts around inclusion in the Early Years. Drawing on real-life experiences of practitioners, it considers the questions practitioners are likely to come across in their professional lives and how they might genuinely go about meeting the needs of all the children in their care.
The book covers all aspects of inclusion including special educational needs, gender and sexuality, multiculturalism, multilingualism, Roma and traveller communities and economic wellbeing. Each chapter features:
- Case studies to develop reflective thinking
- Boxed examples to illustrate key points
- Questions to promote discussion and debate
- Annotated further reading lists
With case studies drawn from current research and thinking points which encourage reflective practice, this book will be essential reading for students on early childhood studies programmes and early years foundation degrees that wish to become reflective and critically aware practitioners.
Table of Contents
1. Children, Young People, Inclusion and Social Policy by Keith Savage 2. Documenting & assessing: including the voice of the child by Jo Basford 3. Creating an Inclusive Environment for Supporting Children with English as an Additional Language by Sharron Galley 4. Accent, Dialect and Phonics: Encouraging Inclusion by Sue Aitken and Kate Beardmore 5. A family’s perspective of Special Educational Needs and Inclusion by Gill Pritchard and Kathy Brodie 6. Re-thinking Children’s Wellbeing and Inclusion in Practice by Zoe Nangah and Gill Mills 7. Practitioner’s Flexibility: including Gypsy, Roma and Travelling Families by Jackie Braithwaite 8. Gender and Sexuality: the experiences of families/carers and Early Years practitioners by Cora Rooney and Karen Taylor 9. Challenging the assumptions of multiculturalism inclusion by Kathy Brodie 10. Using research to develop inclusive practice in the Early Years by Sean Creaney 11. Some practical steps towards a more inclusive practice by Keith Savage and Kathy Brodie Index
Kathy Brodie is an Early Years Consultant, author and Lecturer. She delivers training on planning, observations, schema, working with under 2s, outdoor play, EYFS sustained shared thinking, profiles and Special Educational Needs. Kathy has also been an Early Years Professional assessor and mentor for NW Early Years Transformation Group (Chester, Liverpool Hope and Cumbria Universities) and previously lectured on the University of Chester's Early Childhood Studies course.
Keith Savage taught in primary schools and colleges for more than 20 years before retiring. He is currently a councillor on High Peak Borough Council in Derbyshire.
"There are helpful case studies to encourage and develop reflective analytical thinking, with key points illustrated effectively in the ‘reflective practice boxes’. […] It is a very relevant and helpful book in that it deals with challenges and questions that practitioners are most likely to come across in their professional lives. It is essential reading material for all students on early childhood studies course and Early Years Foundation Degrees." – Martine Horvath, eye magazine