Inclusion Agency Tasmania
Providing Inclusion Support to Tasmanian Early Childhood Education and Care Services.
INCLUSION SUPPORT PROGRAM (ISP)
Lady Gowrie Tasmania is the state-wide provider of the Inclusion Support Program (ISP) which is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment.
The aim of the ISP is to support Early Childhood Education and Child Care Services to improve their capacity and capability to provide quality inclusive practices, to support the inclusion and active participation of children with additional needs alongside their typically developing peers within daily programs.
Additional needs may arise for children who:
- have a disability or developmental delay
- are presenting with challenging behaviours
- have a serious medical or health condition, including mental health
- are presenting with trauma-related behaviours
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
- children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
- children from refugee or humanitarian backgrounds
HOW WE WILL SUPPORT YOUR SERVICE
Lady Gowrie Tasmania have a network of Inclusion Professionals across the state to work directly with your service to:
- Provide practical support to educators on inclusive practice to overcome specific inclusion barriers.
- Support educators to reflect, acknowledge and identify their strengths.
- Support educators to reflect on understandings of inclusion and identify inclusion barriers.
- Assist educators and teams to critically reflect on their practice and identify possibilities for change.
- Facilitate access to all Inclusion Support Program (ISP) resources including Specialist Equipment and funding.
- Assist your service to develop a tailored Strategic Inclusion Plan (SIP) which documents identified inclusion barriers together with inclusive practices and strategies for implementation at either a whole of service or care environment level.
- Support your service to develop links with relevant community groups, services and organisations.
- Work in partnership with families and other support networks.
- Every child has the right to experience high quality early childhood education, where they can play, discover and learn alongside peers.
- All children are viewed as being capable learners and as contributors in Early Childhood Education and Child Care Services.
- Every child’s strengths and interests are acknowledged and reflected within daily programs.
- Collaboration and building partnerships with families and communities underpins educator practice.
- Diversity is acknowledged and is viewed as a resource for learning and growth.
- The focus is on the whole environment and not just an individual child.
- Educators work as a team.
- All educators identify inclusion barriers and learn ways to overcome them.
SPECIALIST EQUIPMENT LIBRARY
The Specialist Equipment Library (SEL) provides specialist equipment and resources to eligible early childhood education and care services (ECEC) services to address participation barriers so children with additional needs are able to actively participate in daily programs alongside their typically developing peers.
To access the Specialist Equipment Library please click on the link at the bottom of this page.
INCLUSION SUPPORT PORTAL
The Inclusion Support (IS) Portal is a web-based application that is used by ECEC services to interact with the Inclusion Support Program. It provides step-by-step help for services to develop an online Strategic Inclusion Plan (SIP) and apply for funding through the Inclusion Development Fund.
INCLUSION SUPPORT PORTAL HAS CHANGED TO PRODA
The authentication method for accessing the Inclusion Support Portal (IS Portal) has changed from AUSkey to PRODA. This brings the IS Portal into line with the authentication method for the Child Care Subsidy System (CCSS).
ECEC service users of the IS Portal will use their existing PRODA credentials (that is, the same PRODA credentials used for the CCSS
For most existing users, when accessing the IS Portal you should be automatically connected to the IS Portal once you enter your PRODA credentials.
For some users, there may be an additional step of selecting your organisation, role type and requesting access. Once your organisation’s access delegate has approved your access you will be able to use your PRODA credentials to the IS Portal.
Further information on accessing the IS Portal using PRODA can be found in the Inclusion Support Portal access using PRODA Fact Sheet.
Further information on accessing the IS Portal can be found in the Inclusion Support Portal Information webpage and in the ISP User Guide.
Once access has been granted, users can log into the portal from the Inclusion Support Portal Information web page.
For further information on eligibility please refer to ISP Guidelines here.
Additional resources linked to Inclusion Agency Tasmania can be found below:
Additional Specialist Equipment Forms can be found below:
FEEDBACK HANDLING STRATEGY
The Inclusion Support Agency Tasmania Feedback Handling Strategy can be found here.
For further information about Inclusion Agency Tasmania please click on the links below: