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A guide for early childhood practitioners working in Victoria


This guide is for graduate-level early childhood practitioners who are embarking on a career in the Victorian early childhood education sector, who will be working with children with additional needs in mainstream settings. It provides a selection of recommended resources and useful links, and includes some handy hints on where to look for additional resources.

Navigating the guide


Lists the frameworks that Victorian early childhood education services operate within. All early childhood practitioners need to be familiar with these and know how to apply them in practice.

Blogs, podcasts and videos

A selection of media providing access to practitioner insights, teaching strategies and examples.


Recommended books containing practical information on inclusion and a selection of picture books about disability to share with children. Also, some tips on where to locate other relevant books.


Recommended journals for locating professional information and scholarly, peer-reviewed articles. Advice on where to find open access resources and how to access subscription databases.


Peak bodies, government agencies and other organisations that serve the needs of particular children.

Inclusion means that every child has access to, participates meaningfully in, and experiences positive outcomes from early childhood education and care programs.

Position Statement, Early Childhood Australia

Our position is that children with a disability have the same rights as all children and additional rights because of their disability. They share with all children the right to be valued as individuals and as contributing members of families, communities and society. 

Joint Position Statement, Early Childhood Australia and Early Childhood Intervention Australia

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