The inclusion of children with a disability in child care: The influence of experience, training and attitudes of childcare staff

Mohay, Heather A. & Reid, Emma N. (2006) The inclusion of children with a disability in child care: The influence of experience, training and attitudes of childcare staff. Australian Journal of Early Childhood, 31(1), pp. 35-42.


Seventy-seven directors of childcare centres and 77 childcare staff were surveyed about their training to work with children with a disability, experience with these children, attitudes to disability, inclusive practices and barriers to inclusion. General support was expressed for the inclusion of children with a disability in child care, especially if the disability was mild. Some disabilities, e.g. speech and language problems, were viewed more favourably than others, e.g. acquired brain damage. Training for working with children who have a disability was associated with positive attitudes toward people with a disability. Directors currently including children with a disability in their program had significantly more training and experience with such children than other directors, although there was no difference in attitude to disability. Training and experience appeared to increase feelings of control over the provision of services for children with a disability.

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ID Code: 15091
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Child care, inclusion, childhood disability, attitudes, training, experience
ISSN: 0312-5033
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Early Childhood Australia Inc.
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 10 Oct 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 14:40

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