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When was the last time you/your team reflected on your inclusive practice?

Currently so much of our focus and attention is taken up with thinking about the National Disability Insurance Scheme. When considering service delivery models, and adjusting to a major change to business models, it is so important that we don’t loose sight of the need to think about how inclusive our services are. Finding the time as a team to reflect on practice can be challenging, particularly when needing to think about the financial implications of staff working hours.inclusion-tool

The Inclusion Tool

Did you know that ECIA NSW/ACT has a free downloadable Inclusion Tool? The tool is designed to assist early childhood intervention services to reflect on how inclusive the way they work with children, families, early childhood professionals and communities is.

The tool was developed by Dr Tim Moore of Murdoch Children’s Research Institute with funding from Ageing, Disability and Home Care in the Department of Family and Community Services, New South Wales, Australia (ADHC) and is backed up by a Background paper and a Best practice guide.

How is the Tool structured?

The Inclusion Tool is divided into three main areas: working with families, working with early childhood settings and working with community settings. Within each of these areas, access, participation, functional skills, environmental adaptations, engaging and responsive caregiving, promoting attitudinal change and building strengths and capacities are the key areas where practitioners can self rate their practices on a scale of 1-5.

A short order premarin 0.625mg video has also been developed to help ECI services to best utilise the Inclusion Tool.

If all this looks a bit daunting at first, just remember that you don’t have to complete it all at once. Even just reflecting on some practices at any one time could be beneficial in bringing the focus back on inclusion and thinking about what else we could do to improve the outcomes for all children.


What are ECI services saying about using the Inclusion Tool?

 “I think it’s really important that we continually review and reflect on it. So that we’re constantly being reminded of what best practice looks like. And whether we have implemented what we said we would when we reviewed our practice last time. Or have we slipped a little because we’ve gotten busy and had other priorities.” (ECI Service Manager)

“Finding the time to complete the tool is hard. It is quite detailed and there are a lot of parts to it. We are all time poor –it’s hard to get our main work done and not enough time to devote to this sort of thing. ….It’s a useful exercise but it takes time.”  (ECI staff)

*Quotes from the ARTD Consultants Evaluation report, 2015.

The Inclusion Tool can be downloaded here:


What has your experience using the Inclusion Tool been?

How often do you tap into it as a professional development resource?

Do you have any feedback?

Please let us know in the comment box below:

Catalina Voroneanu
Catalina Voroneanu
Inclusion Program Coordinator

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