Leadership and commitment

Learn how to lead the way in creating an inclusive culture for children with complex disabilities in your OSHC service.

Part one of the IncludED@OSHC learning journey 

As a leader of OSHC, you play a crucial role in making sure children with complex disability are included in your service. Your job as a leader, after all, is to lead the way.

In an organisation, leaders are typically responsible for:

  • organisational culture
  • professional learning
  • program development
  • individualised support.

These responsibilities are reflected in the National Quality Standard – governance and leadership:

Creating an inclusive culture in your OSHC

Below are three important ways you can lead the way in creating a culture in your OSHC service that includes children with complex disabilities.

Role model inclusive behaviour

  • As a core part of your service, show how committed you are to making children feel included
  • Be open and willing to try new things, take advice and continuously improve
  • Lead by example at an operational level, engage with all levels of staff and be ready and willing to provide hands-on support and care to children with complex disabilities
  • Champion inclusive practice by being an inclusive employer and recruiting staff members with disabilities
  • Establish close working relationships with schools so you can learn about their inclusive experiences

Introduce inclusive policies and practice

  • Set expectations, policies and procedures to support children with complex disabilities
  • Develop individual support plans adjustments for the children
  • Communicate your service's expectations and policies to all staff, parents/carers, families and program partners
  • Make sure your inclusive policies and practices are in line with the requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992

Embed and embrace the IncludED@OSHC framework

  • Put in place all seven elements of the framework
  • Make sure staff have access to the resources and equipment they need to deliver services and support
  • Identify what funding is available for extra support from sources such as the Inclusion Support Program or community grants
  • Help staff access professional development so they can better understand how to provide care to the children