Supporting Inclusion in the Early Years

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Open University Press, 2004 - Education - 131 pages
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This accessible text provides guidance on the inclusion of young children with special educational needs or disabilities in a variety of early education settings. The author highlights the complexity of early identification and assessment of children described as having special educational needs. Practitioners are encouraged to consider make exclusion visible and consider important questions relating to the language and values underpinning the early years policy and practice. The emphasis is on inclusion as a process aimed at supporting young children and their families in order to enable all children with SEN or disabilities the opportunity to participate in activities available to all children in an inclusive learning environment. The author promotes the development of inclusive early years cultures where inclusion of all children is regarded as a right rather than an option. The text has implications for the teaching and learning of all young children not only those perceived as having special educational needs. The theoretical perspectives are supported by examples based on concerns and experiences of parents, children and practitioners. It is essential reading for those working or intending to work with young children.

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Early identification and assessment
A graduated model of assessment and provision

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About the author (2004)

Caroline Jones is Co-ordinator of the Early Years Foundation Degree at the University of Warwick, Institute of Education. She provides consultancy at home and abroad for local education authorities and voluntary, independent and private early years settings. Caroline, an experienced teacher, owns a group of early childhood settings based on school sites in the Midlands.

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