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Love makes a family – an inclusive practice project

By Kathryn Albany, Early Childhood Teacher (preschool room), Explore and Develop, Lilyfield In early 2019, educators at our long day care centre decided that we wanted to celebrate family diversity. This was partly to represent the different families in our centre, however we also wanted to model inclusion for all children and families. This is […]

Video resources: supporting school transition for children with developmental delays or disabilities

These videos and many more resources can be found at All videos are © 2017 ECIA NSW Transition to School Resource.  Read more about this aspect of transition to school programs in this post by guest writer Emma Pierce. Early planning   Getting ready to start school   Working together Early days of school   […]

Six top tips for helping children with delays or disabilities transition to school: Emma Pierce

Emma Pierce, an early learning inclusion specialist, returns to share more tried-and-tested resources for educators supporting children with developmental delays or disabilities transition to school.  Developed by ECIA NSW/ACT, the resources can be applied to any educational setting, anywhere, and are relevant to all educators. We have included the ECIA videos that relate to Emma’s […]

How can we work better together on a Working Together Agreement? Emma Pierce returns with more NDIS insights

Early childhood educators know we need to collaborate to support inclusion for young children with developmental delay or disability, but it isn’t always easy. Emma Pierce’s last blog explained how the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) relates to educators. In today’s post, Emma talks about some potential challenges that can emerge in the context of […]

Can I talk to you about Xavier? Having conversations that no one really wants to have

Today Emma Pierce of Early Childhood Intervention Australia joins Amplify’s guest writers with a companion piece to Rebecca Thompson’s series on Inclusive Practice.  Her story of Xavier will ring bells for many educators and directors, and her top tips for difficult parent meetings on child development are simple but well-tested.  Next week Emma returns with an invitation […]

Can a parent's needs outweigh a child's when early intervention is in question? Rebecca Thompson saves her toughest challenge to last

Oh no! This can’t be last one! I could talk about inclusive practice forever, but okay: let’s wrap up this series with a post about hard conversations. Not conversations between you and I as such, but rather THOSE hard conversations we have to have with families. Or, often, the conversations we know we should have but […]

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