Inclusion through specialist equipment


The Specialist Equipment Library has proved to be an invaluable resource in a remote ELCC centre in the Kimberley.
 
 

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Little Nuggets is a small community Early Learning and Child Care service in the remote Kimberley town of Halls Creek, that has faced multiple barriers to inclusion.

Naomi, the Director of the centre has worked tirelessly with WA Inclusion Agency, by using resources supplied by the Inclusion Support Programme resources to overcome barriers and build capacity within her team of educators.
 
Earlier this year a child with Cerebral Palsy enrolled into the centre and was unable to participate fully in the program without additional support. WA Inclusion Agency responded quickly to a request for several Specialist Equipment items including a standing frame, specialised seating, a toilet step and switch toys.

The equipment has given the child more opportunities to be included in activities with all the children and be a valued part of her child care community.
 
The Kimberley service was also one of the first to request a Sensory Equipment Pack. Children use the items frequently and educators have found the environment and children to be calmer and social interactions becoming more positive. Seeing the sand timers being used by the children as they independently took turns as they played and the positive impact of children self-settling at rest times was a great outcome.
 
Please view our Specialist Equipment Library today. 
 
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The Inclusion Support Programme is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.