Designing an Inclusive Centre (workshop)

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Course TypeCourse CodeNo. Of Credits
Foundation CoreSVS1EC5051

Semester and Year Offered: Monsoon 2019, Semester-5

Course Coordinator and Team: Fariha Siddiqui and Dr Sunita Singh

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Pre-requisites: The course focuses on the job role of centre head/entrepreneur (Level-7) in an early childhood centre. The course is meant to be offered to those who have specific knowledge and skills related to Day care facilitator (Level-5) & supervisor (Level-6) offered in 1st and 2nd year respectively


Objectives (of the three workshops): The objectives of this course are to-

  • Develop skills of a centre head in planning and conducting activities for engaging young children.
  • Create an inclusive centre and plan for an appropriate programme.
  • Understand children’s socio-emotional needs and engage with them.
  • Understand the marketing strategies in context of a day care centre

Course outcomes: After completing the workshops, students will be able to:

  • Create an inclusive centre as per the needs of children and families.
  • Demonstrate best practices to the facilitator and supervisor.
  • Demonstrate skills to resolve conflicts in children.
  • Design a marketing plan for a day care centre
  • Undertake marketing for the day care business

Brief description of modules/ Main modules:

1. Designing an Inclusive Centre

These workshops will be linked to the course ‘Designing and setting up an inclusive early childhood centre’. It will enable centre heads to identify the potential barriers for creating an inclusive centre, understand the concept of using UDL and develop a prototype of an inclusive centre.



Learning Outcome(s)

Readings (Core and suggested)



Introduction to UDL in a day care centre

  • Understand principles of UDL in the context of a day care
  • Analyse components of UDL

Bertling. J, Darrah. M, Lyon.D, and Jackson. S. Early childhood building blocks:Universal Design for Learning in

Early Childhood Inclusive Classrooms. Resources for Early Childhood: An online resource for Ohio educators.  

In class participation and attendance 20%


Short in-class assessments 40%


Develop a prototype for review of an inclusive day-care centre (40%)


Identify the barriers in inclusion

  • Develop tools to understand the field
  • Apply principles of design thinking to:
  •  understand the need of the field site
  • Identify barriers in inclusion present at the field-site

 Plattner. H., An Introduction to Design Thinking

Process Guide, Institute of Design at Stanford

Building Inclusive Childcare, Universal Design for Learning Checklist for Early Childhood Educators,  Northampton Community College,

Retrieved from:


Materials/resources for inclusion

  • Identify infrastructural and curriculum related material for inclusion
  • Prepare resources to make an inclusive centre

Ministry of Women and Child Development. (2013). National Curriculum Framework for Early Childhood Care and Education.



Visit to inclusive centres

  • Observe the existing inclusive centres
  • Analyse the inclusivity of the centre based on certain guidelines


Prototype of an inclusive centre

  • Use principles of design thinking to develop protocol for providing feedback on an inclusive centre
  • Use the prototype for further review





Assessment Type



Workshop-1: Designing an Inclusive Centre

In class participation and attendance

Short in-class assessments

Develop a prototype for review of an inclusive day-care centre