Inclusion Of Children With Disabilities In General ECCE Centres
- childcare centres, inclusion of children with disabilities, acceptance factors
The high demand from working parents has led to the rapid growing number of early childhood care and education centres (ECCE) in Malaysia. Despite of the policies enacted regarding persons with special needs and awareness given about the rights of all children to receive care and support, working parents who have children with disabilities still facing difficulties and in dilemma on where to place their children. This is due to limited number of childcare centres specialized on special needs as well as inclusion of children with disabilities in general childcare centres are not widely accepted in Malaysia. The purpose of this research is to exploring factors that influenced the childcare administrators’ willingness to accept children with disabilities in their centres. A total of twenty principals of childcare centres in two districts in Selangor, Malaysia have participated in this qualitative research. From the result, it can be concluded that most of them did not accept children with disabilities in their centres. Factors that influence their decision are curriculum, centre’s facilities, centres’ environment, as well as teachers’ and principals’ knowledge and skills in handling disabilities. Whereas empathy, humanitarian, and recommendation from doctors are the factors that initiate those who are willing to accept children with disabilities in their centres as well as administrators were not informed by the parents about their children’s conditions during registration.
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TY - CONF AU - Mas Ayu Muhamad Salleh PY - 2019/12 DA - 2019/12 TI - Inclusion Of Children With Disabilities In General ECCE Centres BT - Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Special Education (ICSE 2019) PB - Atlantis Press SP - 200 EP - 205 SN - 2352-5398 UR - https://www.atlantis-press.com/article/125928849 ID - Salleh2019/12 ER -