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Episode 1: An introduction to Inclusive Practice with Dr. Sharon Colilles

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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.

The voice of the child

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

Sharon talks about the importance of children having a sense of strong sense of self and a strong sense of their own identity. Sharon adds that this is critical within the early years and supports a child’s personal, social and emotional development, which is key in the early developmental phases.

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