by Wendy Roberts
Module 3 – Inclusion and Participation
Materials, tools, … needed for the activity/resource: The Article "Enabling change through education for children and their families experiencing vulnerability and disadvantage: The understandings of early childhood professionals"
Duration of the activity: 15 minutes
Keywords: Diversities and similarities Educator competences today Family inclusion & Participation of families in a plural way
Children have an inalienable right to an education and it is in early childhood that we build the foundations for learning and development. Social inclusion, access, participation and engagement are key to early learning success, a time integral to overall health, wellbeing and future role in society. Children experiencing vulnerability and disadvantage have a high tendency for low educational outcomes. Currently, government policy
argues that facilitating change through education can break the cycle of disadvantage and transform the lives of the individual child, their families and the wider community. This qualitative phenomenological study seeks to identify the enablers and barriers in early childhood education and care encountered by its professionals at the ‘frontline’ perspective. Change Ideas is a process by which the humanitarian ideals of a society supports its most vulnerable and disadvantaged, via education, enacting rights as actualizing human beings through supportive and well-informed everyday practice.
Goals of the specific activity / resource
This academic resources gives insights in how ECE professionals experience barriers in working with children from vulnerable contexts. It can help as starting point for reflection for professionals and how they act in their work. But also for policy makers (in services) to think about the professionals and the families and how to translate it to an organization policy.