Promoting Inclusion In The Community
Supporting Inclusion of Children In Their Community
At EarlyEd, we recognise that to have successful inclusive environments we need to create opportunities for inclusion. EarlyEd is committed to supporting inclusion by providing information, advice and training. Support can promote inclusion and can help children and families to be ready to share and thrive in everyday and community life. EarlyEd has been involved in a number of collaborative community projects to promote community inclusion in key areas including sport, in the early childhood/school setting, with playgrounds and community events and activities. We work in partnership with community groups, schools and councils to achieve this. We value the Inclusion Champion Badge from Early Childhood Australia (ECIA) NSW/ACT that recognises our commitment to promoting inclusion. Learn more about our recent involvement in inclusion projects below. You can also learn about past project we’ve been involved in here.
If you want to know more about how EarlyEd can support your organisation or inclusion projects, contact CEO Kerry Dominish.
EarlyEd and Vivid Sydney 2018
Tumbalong Lights – A Magical Playground experience for all.
In 2018 we made it easier for families of children with disabilities to attend Vivid Sydney. EarlyEd was privileged to be involved in the planning for Vivid 2018, Tumbalong Lights – A Magical Inclusive Playground Experience.
Kerry Dominish, CEO of EarlyEd, supported by our team of early interventionists, has been involved in the design of this event and provision of the supports for those who are attending. Our vision, along with Destination NSW, was to ensure Vivid Sydney is inclusive for all. Cushman & Wakefield created an inclusive experience where all children and their families could enjoy the magic of Vivid Sydney in its 10th anniversary year.
Cushman & Wakefield took the hard work out of planning a trip to experience the magic and wonder that Tumbalong Lights at Vivid Sydney can offer by providing the information parents and carers needed to know beforehand. EaryEd developed a social story to assist children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to know what to expect prior to their visit to Tumbalong Lights. Download the social story here.
Play For All – Inclusive Playgrounds
EarlyEd has been supporting councils as they undertake inclusive play activities and developments. A major project has been the Northern Beaches Council’s Inclusive Playground project, in collaboration with Play For All Australia.
The project saw the redevelopment of five pocket parks in Belrose, as part of a collaborative partnership between local artists, designers, engineers, early childhood educators, allied health professionals and council staff, to support child development and play for children of all abilities. EarlyEd provided best practice evidence about early childhood intervention approaches to inform the inclusive design ideas developed.
School Holidays in The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Families involved with EarlyEd have identified limited availability of school holiday activities suitable for children with disability as a major concern. This led to a collaboration between EarlyEd and The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney that resulted in inclusive opportunities for children with disabilities to participate in school holiday programs offered at the Garden.
The inclusive activities have provided a welcoming space for children with additional needs and their families who may otherwise not have visited the garden. The sessions were run for two holiday periods beginning in 2017.
We have continued to collaborate with Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney during subsequent school holidays. Click here to learn more about upcoming school holiday programs.