The WA Inclusion Agency (WAIA) delivers the Inclusion Support Programme in Western Australia. It is a free government-funded initiative providing assistance to all eligible early childhood and child care (ECCC) services to be confident and capable of including all children.
What Is Inclusion?
Inclusion recognises that all children with additional needs have the right to attend early childhood and child care services, participate meaningfully in programs alongside children of their own age and feel a sense of belonging.
Inclusion looks like:
- Children playing and having fun together;
- Children being listened to and communicated with;
- Educators respecting and valuing all children;
- Children participating, being involved and making decisions;
- Educators making changes to their practices.
Who Can The WA Inclusion Agency Help?
We assist early childhood and child care (ECCC) services that are approved for Child Care Benefit (CCB), such as:
- Long Day Care;
- Out of School Hours Care (including Vacation Care);
- Family Day Care services;
- Occasional Care Services.
We also assist Budget Based Funded Services and Mobile Services.
Some children may be more vulnerable to achieving their best learning outcomes and have additional needs. While there is no national definition of 'additional needs', a range of risk factors may lead children with particular characteristics to be vulnerable to suboptimal learning and life outcomes.
These include (but are not limited to):
- Children with disability including those undergoing assessment for disability;
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children;
- Children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds;
- Children from a refugee or humanitarian background;
- Children with serious medical conditions;
- Children presenting with language and speech delays;
- Children presenting with disruptive behaviour.