Inclusion in Blossom Early Childhood Centers is the practice of educating and caring for children of determination in the same environment or setting as their typically developing peers.
The Early Childhood Forum’s definition of inclusion is “a process of identifying, understanding and breaking down barriers to participation and belonging.”
Inclusion in Blossom Early Childhood Centers is the practice of educating and caring for children of determination in the same environment or setting as their typically developing peers. In our inclusive program, all children learn and participate in the same daily activities and routines. The true measure of inclusion comes from a teacher's ability to make accommodations and modifications to the child's day so that they seamlessly become an equal participant and member of the group.
Inclusion at Blossom is changing our approach, curriculum, timetable and even way of teaching to be able to support each child individually.
Each branch of Blossom has a Special Educational Needs Coordinator to work closely with the teachers on creating an Individual Educational Plan for each child of determination.
At Blossom we make sure to provide all the children with:-
A sense of belonging where they are valued for their abilities and potential
Assistance and accommodations so that they can participate as equal and active members of their class and peer group
Acceptance, patience and support for those things they are still learning how to do
Opportunities to participate equally in all aspects of their day (e.g., outdoor and indoor play, snack, lunch, circle time, bath rooming, etc.)
Visualizing the learning for the children.
The way we begin is to think about where in our daily schedule, or where within the room (e.g., sensory table, art, dramatic play, etc.) we can embed a learning opportunity or a time for the child to practice a particular skill.
The key features for embedding children at Blossom ECCs are:
Know the learning goals for each child of determination by having a close & direct partnership with parents & therapists. We make sure to meet the parents & therapists on monthly basis.
Think about where in the day we can provide opportunities for the child to practice the learning goal or skill
Think about what the child enjoys doing and what interests them most
Try to find naturally occurring times where the skills can be embedded and practiced (e.g., mealtime, transitions, free play, outside, etc.)
To ensure that Blossom promotes inclusion, and a positive attitude to diversity, our staff attend regular training sessions to develop their confidence and understanding, so they can relate, listen to and communicate effectively with children and parents, ensuring the maximum benefit for each individual child.