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A Practical Guide to Pre-school Inclusion (Hands on Guides) by Chris Dukes

By Chris Dukes

This primary booklet within the fingers on courses sequence presents step by step guide on easy methods to make your pre-school surroundings inclusive, and gives plenty of necessary reproducible assets, checklists, and sensible actions. matters lined comprise: suggestion on inclusive environments, play and making plans to fulfill person wishes in zero – three and starting place degree settings; insurance of present laws, similar to the incapacity Discrimination Act (DDA) and what it ability for the pre-school practitioner; quick-reference fabrics, for making plans and auditing any early years atmosphere; and a CD Rom with templates that may be custom-made to fit you.

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Consider drawing up your own checklist of criteria for use when purchasing software (see choosing toys and resources checklist on page 65). ◗ There is a note of caution when using programs which generate sound, as some children with hearing impairments can find it painful unless they have suitable aids. ◗ For children who may use augmentative forms of communication such as Makaton or computergenerated support, there are programs which create the necessary signs and symbols. These have proved useful to all children who need additional visual cues.

Mark glass doors with stickers to ensure visibility Check doors for ease of opening. Consider height, grip and security Handles and hand rails are more visible in a contrasting colour The gradient of any ramp must comply with building regulations A Practical Guide to Pre-school Inclusion. QXD 3/10/06 6:38 pm Page 26 A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO PRE-SCHOOL INCLUSION Under your feet Flooring is one of the most basic areas of your setting to consider. At the very least it should be clean, safe and preferably non-slip when wet.

Signposts are particularly helpful and both entrance and exit signs should be clearly written and well lit. Makaton signs could be used to supplement the written word. Parents are a useful resource when it comes to having dual language signs. ◗ Exits and especially fire exits should always be clear with no furniture or equipment nearby. ◗ All staff and children should be aware of fire procedures and fire drill practice should take place regularly at various times of the nursery day. Remember to consider the safety of wheelchairs users, children, staff or parents with any additional need during fire drills.

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