Inclusion Support Agencies (ISA) is responsible for managing and co-ordinating access to quality inclusion support that is relevant, appropriate and timely for all Centres including Musgrave Hill Community Children’s Centre.
ISAs employ Inclusion Support Facilitators (ISFs)who work directly with educators and staff in education and care services. ISFs provide practical advice and facilitate access to a range of supports designed to strengthen the service’s ability to create an inclusive environment for all children.
These supports include, but are not be limited to, access to specialist equipment and resources, developing Service Support Plans and applying for funding to employ additional workers or specialist cultural expertise.
Children with additional needs include:
- Children with disabilities and/or developmental delay;
- Children from culturally and linguistic diverse background;
- Aboriginal children;
- Torres Strait Islander children.
My name is Samantha-Jo Rogan. I grew up in Byron Bay and moved to the Gold Coast 3 years ago to study my Diploma of Children’s Services. I was lucky enough to be placed at Musgrave Hill Community Children’s Centre to complete my Practical training hours. During this time I developed a love for this Centre, the children and families, and the passionate Team of educators that make it all happen.
I completed my Diploma of Children’s Service in 2013 and I am extremely excited and blessed to be working alongside two warm and dedicated educators Bonnie and Sue. I am also thrilled to be moving up with most of the children from the Junior Kindy room and can continue to be a part of their early years learning journey.
I believe in a nurturing approach to teaching, which allows every individual to feel accepted valued and safe in our environment. This year we will aim to create an inclusive community, which will consciously evolve to meet the changing needs of the children.
A Word From An Inclusion Support Family
“Over a year ago we arrived at the Gold Coast and didnt really know where we could find a place for him in childcare and even if we found a place would the centre be able to cope with him and his additional needs especially since he is unable to talk. We checked out quite a few places around Southport and Labrador and found most places to be happy to take on new business but slightly less enthusiatic when you start to mention that inclusion support would be required.
Not at MHCCC, they were accepting, and understanding from the beginning. But what makes MHCCC a special place is the extra mile they go in caring for and assisting vulnerable special needs children in additonal to the fantastic work they do with all children.
My son’s ability to communicate has greatly improved due the effort put in by the team at MHCCC particularly Ms. Fiona”