Amberley O.S.H.C.

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2.11 Including Children with Special/Additional Needs

Amberley OSHC recognises that additional support may be required when including children with special needs into the program.  These procedures will support the successful inclusion of children with special/additional needs through implementing practices which are conducive to a supportive environment to children, families and educators

Relevant Laws and other Provisions

The laws and other provisions affecting this policy include:

  • Education and Care Services National Law Act, 2010 and Regulations 2011
  • Disability Discrimination Act 1999
  • Inclusion and Professional Support Program Guidelines (2009-2012)
  • NQS Area: 1.1, 1.2; 2.1.1, 2.1.2; 2.2; 2.3.1, 2.3.2; 3.1.3, 3.2; 4.1; 4.2.1; 5.1; 5.2; 6.1; 6.2; 6.3; 7.1.1, 7.1.2; 7.2.1, 7.2.3; 7.3.1, 7.3.2, 7.3.4, 7.3.5.
  • Policies:  2.1 – Respect for Children, 2.3 – Educator Ratios, 2.9 – Inclusion and Anti-bias, 4..9 – Children’s Toileting, 9.1 – Access, 9.2 – Enrolment, 9.3 – Communicating with Families.

Procedures

The family shall be required to provide relevant information upon enrolment about their child/ren which pertains to the child’s special/additional need.  This shall be in the format of appropriate questions on the enrolment form and interview procedure.

Amberley OSHC shall follow through with an equal opportunity enrolment process for all children.  This will involve collecting appropriate information about children which may impact on their ability to participate in the program.

Amberley OSHC shall have the right to request any information in regard to the child/ren’s needs so far as it may impact on their ability to participate in the program and be appropriately cared for within Amberley OSHC.

Parent permission shall be requested should Amberley OSHC wish to make contact with the Inclusion Support Agency.  This shall be in the format as required by the ISA.

Amberley OSHC shall contact the Inclusion Support Agency to obtain advice and information about the inclusion process as required.

The processes outlined in the Inclusion and Professional Support Program Guidelines shall be followed to establish a service support plan. This may involve professional support from the ISA.

Amberley OSHC shall appropriately assess their capacity to include the child within Amberley OSHC through conducting a risk management process if necessary.

Amberley OSHC shall maintain the right to make a decision regarding the suitable placement of children with special needs in Amberley OSHC based on the information, support and advice available.

Appropriate training and support shall be provided for all educators to ensure continuity of care and commitment to inclusion.

Reviewed 9 February 2015


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