For the first episode of this season, Shaddai Tembo is joined by Dr. Sharon Colilles, a senior lecturer in Early Childhood studies at Bath Spa University and associate trainer for Early Education. To kick off the first episode of season 3, Shaddai and Sharon introduce what inclusive pedagogy is and why this is so important in the early years.
Giving children a voice
Sharon shares her perspective on inclusion and why it’s critical to consider each diverse learner individually. Ensuring their voice is heard and their perspective on decisions that are made about them within the curricular. Sharon adds that it is important to lead with a rights-based approach while also incorporating play as a vehicle for ensuring individual rights are maintained.
A strong sense of self
Shaddai asks Sharon how she would respond to those who might not be as aware of inclusion someone perhaps not aware of inclusion and the need to talk about inclusion in the early years. Sharon talks about the importance of needing to have a sense of strong sense of self and a strong sense of their own identity and how they fit and how they can be seen in curricular approaches. This is critical within the early years and adds to child’s personal, social and emotional development, which is critical in the early developmental phase.
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