WA Inclusion Agency
WA Inclusion Agency is a collaborative program where everyone works together towards a common goal. With Communicare as the lead agency, One Tree and Wanslea Early Learning and Development deliver the Inclusion Support Program (ISP) across Western Australia (WA). The ISP supports early childhood services to assist children with additional needs to learn alongside their typically developing peers. It also offers parents and carers the opportunity to participate in the workforce knowing their children (with additional needs) have the support they need. With partnerships underpinning the ISP, the team take this approach to the work they do, in each of the communities they serve. The result has been the building of capacity to support children in rural and remote communities. The spirit of working together has included government departments. In Fitzroy Crossing a childcare service, due to its funding model, was not eligible for specialised support. Eighty percent of the children were in the care of the Department of Child Protection and also had additional needs. Early education and care staff were struggling and needed help to support these children. The ISP worked with the Department of Education and the Department of Child Protection which enabled the service to receive the necessary support from the WA Inclusion Agency that they required. The WA Inclusion Agency is supported by One Tree in partnership with Communicare and Wanslea.