Inclusion Coaching Program

The Child Development Institute has developed a tailored mentoring and coaching program to help childcare centres and preschools overcome barries to inclusion.

The CDI’s Inclusion Coaching Program is an individualised coaching & mentoring program that addresses the specific barriers to inclusion that an Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) service is experiencing. The aim of the program is to build the capacity of all Educators and children within the service both now and in future by providing sustainable tools and teaching practices to support inclusion.

Program Delivery

All CDI therapists delivering the Inclusion Coaching Program are trained in the ESDM, a naturalistic play based intervention approach with a focus on managing behaviours, teaching strategies and inclusion strategies for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Developmental Delay.

In addition to ESDM training, each therapist delivering the ICP has a pre-existing qualification and extensive experience working in Early Childhood settings, providing them with practical knowledge to support children’s successful inclusion in their programs.

The Inclusion Coaching Program is delivered over a minimum of 12 weeks to ensure sustainable practices and strategies are developed and embedded into daily routines.

The CDI Therapist will visit the centre each week and work with the educators, using ESDM based teaching and behaviour management strategies in order to build their confidence to effectively include and support enrolled children with Autism or Developmental Delay.

Also included is a 2 hour workshop for all educators to attend, as well as email and phone support throughout the 12+ week program. Follow up phone or zoom support will continue after the program is complete. 

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Innovative Solutions Support

If the Inclusion Coaching Program suits the needs of your ECEC, you may be able to apply for Government funding through Innovative Solutions Support to cover the full cost of the program.

To find out more about applying for ISS funding please contact the NSW/ACT Inclusion Agency on 1800 703 382.


To find out more about how the CDI can help your Centre please call us on 9037 2234.