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.

chapter 1|17 pages

Children, young people, inclusion and social policy

ByKeith Savage

chapter 2|15 pages

Documenting and assessing learning

Including the voice of the child
ByJo Basford

chapter 4|19 pages

Accent, dialect and phonics

Encouraging inclusion
BySue Aitken, Kate Beardmore

chapter 5|18 pages

A family's perspective on Special Educational Needs and inclusion

ByGill Pritchard, Kathy Brodie

chapter 6|23 pages

Re-thinking children's well-being and inclusion in practice

ByZoe Nangah, Gill Mills

chapter 7|19 pages

Practitioners' flexibility

Working with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller families
ByJackie Braithwaite

chapter 8|20 pages

Gender and sexuality

The experiences of families/carers and Early Years practitioners
ByCora Rooney, Karen Taylor

chapter 9|19 pages

Challenging the assumptions of multiculturalism and inclusion

ByKathy Brodie

chapter 10|16 pages

Using research to develop inclusive practice in the Early Years

BySean Creaney

chapter 11|5 pages

Some practical steps towards a more inclusive practice

ByKeith Savage, Kathy Brodie