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Reflections Magazine : Reflections Issue 59 Winter 2015
GOWRIE AUSTRALIA PUBLICATION • WINTER 2015 • ISSUE 59 GOWRIE AUSTRALIA PUBLICATION • WINTER 2015 • ISSUE 59 GOWRIE AUSTRALIA PUBLICATION • WINTER 2015 • ISSUE 59 14 EmBRACING DIvERSITY Jenna Kwon Sin Koy Early Years Leader Gowrie Victoria, Docklands Inclusion in the early years is the educational practice that supports children to play, learn and interact together. It advocates for an environment where all children, regardless of their background or abilities, are valued and given access to equal opportunities. At Gowrie Victoria we, as educators, work at providing a program that reflects the cultural and social needs of all our children and families. We encourage all children to engage in play and learning experiences and we adapt our language and gestures according to children’s needs. Educators promote a sense of belonging for children and families with specific practices, for example, children’s family photos are displayed in the children’s lockers, on several photo walls and on bed baskets. The children regularly go to the photo walls as a way of feeling close to their families during the day. Where children have little or no vision, or some other impairment, we may also provide familiar sounds, music or objects for children to connect with. We view children as skilled learners and have high expectations of all children. With families, we set goals at the beginning of the year and we review and reset new goals throughout the year. We also work closely with early intervention organisations such as Vision Australia and Noah’s Ark to ensure the best outcomes for children and families. Through close partnerships children’s abilities are recognised and celebrated. Inclusion allows children to learn about the world around them and to learn from each other. We support families in reassuring them that we are here to assist and help their children to participate in all experiences and develop relationships, friendships and to further develop their skills. We have ongoing communication with all families on a day-to-day basis about each child’s day, and we embrace together all the learning that occurs. Following is a beautiful story written by parents, Josette and David whose son Elijah is blind. They describe their very special journey as parents.
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