Children have different levels of disability, from mild to moderate to complex.
When planning your OSHC program, you will need to take into account the unique needs of the children with complex disabilities who attend your service. You will also need to adapt your program to make sure all activities can be done by everyone, including children with complex disabilities.
The National Quality Framework for education and care explains the standards for child-centred and individualised planning you should meet:
Below, learn how to achieve and exceed the National Quality Standard.
Introducing an individual support plan
An individual support plan is the most important document you will need to create for each child with a complex disability, to help you better understand the child. Staff should have easy access to this document.
An individual support plan covers a child's:
- background, personal circumstances and diagnosis
- strengths, interests and capabilities
- support needs such as medical, personal or communication supports (where required)
- positive behaviour support plans (where required)
- Child-centred and individualised planning areas
Child-centred and individualised planning areas
- Child enrolment questionnaire (DOCX - 362.32KB) – use this during conversations with the child with complex disability, their family and support team to develop the child's individual support plan and child profile.
- Individual support plan template (DOCX - 697.32KB) – use this to create an individual support plan for a child with a complex disability. An optional positive behaviour support plan is available in this template.
- Inclusive OSHC programming tool template (DOCX - 361.41KB) – use this when planning and designing your program and activities to make sure all children, including children with complex disabilities, are able to take part.
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These modules are relevant to this section: