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INCLUSION POLICY

At Smarty Pants, we actively promote inclusive practice in order to best meet the needs of the children, families and staff of our center.  All children are welcome to attend Smarty Pants regardless ability, need, background, culture, religion, gender or economic circumstances.  Through inclusive practice, we aim to reflect our wider community and promote positive attitudes to both the similarities and differences in each other.  In order to achieve this, we actively engage with children, parents and organizations as appropriate.

 

It is our hope to provide a culturally inclusive program, where students routinely learn from this diversity and learn to communicate and collaborate with others using intercultural and cross-class understandings.  We encourage children to become global learners and problem solvers, by acquiring knowledge of the cultures, histories, geographies and languages of other countries.

 

Our goal is to:

  • provide a secure and accessible environment in which all children can flourish and in which all contributions are considered and valued;
  •  include and value the contribution of all families to our understanding of equality and diversity;
  • provide positive non-stereotyping information about gender roles and diverse family structures, diverse ethnic and cultural groups and disabled people;
  • improve our knowledge and understanding of issues of anti-discriminatory practice, promoting equality and valuing diversity;
  • challenge and eliminate discriminatory actions;
  • make inclusion a thread that runs through all of the activities of the setting;
  •  foster good relations between all communities.


Some examples of how we show that we welcome all abilities and cultures in our program are below:

  • Post visual daily schedules
  • Invite student’s culture into the classroom
  • Use materials related to student’s culture
  • Label classroom objects in English and other (student’s primary) languages
  • First/Then Picture Schedule
  • Picture Wall Schedule
  • Icon Wall Schedule
  • Clipboard Schedule
  • Similarities and differences are discussed and integrated through activities
  • Provide multi-cultural dolls and skin-colored paper and paint
  • Wall hangings reflect people from a variety of cultures and abilities
  • Celebrating birthdays/holidays in traditional family ways
  • Images of children and their families and/or caregivers as well as images of staff
  • Images that demonstrate the geographic diversity of family dwellings, neighborhoods, and communities such as urban, rural and suburban