Our whole-school approach towards inclusion supports diversity by preparing for the challenges of individual differences. Our five pillars guide us to produce inclusive policies, evolve inclusive practices and create inclusive cultures.
When a child joins a class, he brings along with him his unique capabilities, passions, fears and character. In Kindle Garden, we recognise and cherish this individuality and make understanding each little personality our first priority. Learning objectives are discussed with families and personalised for each child. Educators consider each child’s interests to motivate engagement and learning.
In Kindle Garden, we view diversity in culture, abilities and perspectives as a platform providing rich learning in problem-solving, communicating, collaborating and creating with each other. Children are provided with opportunities to learn these 21st century skills and to cultivate an inclusive mindset.
Research also shows a diverse and inclusive environment benefits both typically developing children and children with special needs in many ways. Typically developing children demonstrate social sensitivity and persistence, as well as comparable or better academic performance compared to those in non-inclusive settings. Children with special needs are more engaged and interactive, with improved attention on task.
We believe that a strong supportive and interactive relationship is at the foundation of teaching and learning. Being able to bond with each child and participate in his or her learning journey is an educator’s joy. Through our low staff: child ratio, we support our educators to foster warm, secure and loving relationships with the children. We also plan for the professional development of our educators to ensure that teaching practices are evidence-based and up-to- date.
Within the centre, our team of educators includes allied health professionals, such as occupational therapists and psychologists, who support our teachers with specialist knowledge in their areas.
In addition, we believe that children learn best when there is a strong partnership between educators and families. We appreciate the knowledge and insights that parents share with us about their children, and value communication and mutual learning to support the child’s learning journey.
Our learning environments are thoughtfully designed to enhance accessibility – design elements that support transitions, cosy nooks and open spaces that supports for quiet times and active exploration, play elements and facilities that are designed to be used easily by all children.