Qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit: Unit 3.1: Understand the value of play in Early Years
Learning outcome: Understand inclusive play practice
Assessment criteria: Summarise inclusive play practice in relation to current frameworks
Inclusive play practice in Early Years settings is a key part of current frameworks such as the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Section 1.1. of the EYFS states:
Practitioners must consider the individual needs, interests, and development of each child in their care, and must use this information to plan a challenging and enjoyable experience for each child in all areas of learning and development.EYFS Section 1.1
Inclusive practice focuses on providing an environment that respects and values every child while removing barriers to learning. This includes ensuring that all children have equal access to activities and resources.
In addition, it also emphasises the importance of relationships, with practitioners providing appropriate support and guidance to children to facilitate learning and development.
Furthermore, an emphasis is placed on creating a safe and welcoming environment which celebrates diversity. In this way, play can be used to promote an understanding of individual differences as well as respect for others.
Inclusive practice is also referenced in several pieces of legislation. We have already explored the right of children to play under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
In addition, the Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful to discriminate against any UK citizen based on nine ‘protected’ characteristics, which include age, gender and disability. The Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 included additional provisions to prevent discrimination based on disability in educational establishments.