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Welcoming children with disabilities into people & baby daycares

The meaning of inclusion is to allow children who need more support to benefit from specific care arrangements. Welcoming children with disabilities into people & baby daycares is part of a thoughtful and adapted educational proposal: motor disorders, autism or Down's syndrome ... each child is welcomed with their differences.

Organize well in advance the reception of children with disabilities

A meeting prior to the reception of the child makes it possible to create an Individualized Reception Plan (PAI). It is drawn up jointly with the parents, the management of the daycare, the daycare's doctor, as well as the attending physician. The PAI defines the guidelines of the protocol to be adopted on a daily basis to support the child but also of those guidelines to be put in place in case of emergency or crisis.

The team appoints a referral who can benefit from in-house training specific to the child's disability. The spaces are organized to promote movement of the child in the structure (in the event of motor disability) and access to games that correspond to their intellectual and cognitive development.

“For several years now, we have tried to adapt to all needs and be equal in this matter. Our practice has taught us the necessity of co-education with families: the key to any successful support, ”says Mathilde Bernier, director of the rue du Puits crèche in Carvin, which currently welcomes three children with disabilities.

Provide an environment adapted to the development of children with disabilities

Hosting a child with a disability means offering him an environment where he can develop at his own pace and socialize. The daycare sets up activities that promote awareness and uses appropriate tools (pictogram, gestures, singing, etc.). This process encourages stimulation of the child and facilitates his integration into the group. And by explaining his disability and needs to other children in a simple way, natural empathy wins out and helping behaviors emerge.

The staff keep an up-to-date educational follow-up book for the child and transmit information to families on a daily basis: what has the child discovered, what relationship does he have with the group? Thanks to these transmission times, the child's progress is valued and the discussion is centered around his daily life in the facility.

"Our support is focused on the awakening of the child. Sowith the parents we talk about their child's games and interests rather than care, which is already very present outside the daycare", explains Alexandra Lamiot, an instructor at people & baby.

Training to prepare professionals

Each year, many people & baby professionals are trained: motor, mental and sensory disabilities are addressed in order to allow them to adapt their posture, make educational proposals and adjust the environment to the specific needs of certain children. Theory, but also simulations and sharing experiences prepare participants for different situations.

Taught by 4 approved instructors within the framework of Enfance Pour Tous, the people & baby training organization, these sessions were set up following a growing demand from professionals: an internal study revealed that 40% of our structures welcome children requiring a PAI for a situation of handicap or chronic illness.

“Following this study, we drafted a Handicap Reference Guide intended for our teams, to present the different types of disabilities, to explain how to detect them, to best support the child and his family in conjunction with our partners,” says Alexandra Lamiot. . "The training was a continuation of this process. "

Welcoming a child with a disability: a wealth for all

“A lot of parents don't dare talk about their little one's disability for fear that it won't be taken care of when it might be a priority. people & baby welcomes in its daycares children with Down's syndrome, Down's syndrome, behavioral disorders (autistic type) or motor or sensory disabilities (visual, hearing, etc.). Welcoming a child with a disability is an opportunity for everyone (adults and children) to respect their neighbor, whatever their history and needs", concludes Alexandra Lamio