What is Inclusion?

Inclusion means children of all abilities have equal access to and participate meaningfully in child care programs. When children are together as part of a group, their development is enhanced and positive social attitudes are fostered.

Goal of Inclusion

Genuine inclusion is more than just a child’s presence.

To ensure active, meaningful participation by every child at Magical Memories Learning Centre in the daily program and with one another. How this occurs will be different for each child, based on individual abilities and needs. All children will be valued, have friends and feel that they belong.

Benefits of Inclusion

Benefits for children:

  • Better understanding and appreciation of individuals differences
  • Acceptance and respect for and from others
  • Learning with and from another
  • More opportunities for socialization with peers
  • Preparation for full participation in the community, including the transition to school.



Benefits for families:

  • Access to childcare
  • Ability to go to school and get or keep a job
  • Better understanding and appreciation of individual differences
  • Learning with and from other families and professionals in the field of early childhood education.

Benefits for MMLC Staff

  • Better understanding and appreciation of individual differences
  • Learning with and from all of the children and adults
  • Strengthening skills by working with a variety of abilities

Access to quality child care :

  • All children of all abilities are accepted in MMLC’s program
  • MMLC will supply space for support team members to meet with the child/ren, support team members, and families for meetings and or sessions.
  • All children will be able to have access to the environment


  • There will be a wide enough space between the furniture for all children to get around
  • All tables have adjustable table legs so the staff can adjust the height of a table to accommodate the needs of individual children.
  • MMLC has chairs of various heights to meet the needs of all the children enrolled in the Centre.
  • All equipment and material are displayed at the children’s level so all children have easy access.

Participation in all aspects of our program

  • MMLC provides opportunities throughout the day for all children to play together so that they can develop relationships with other children and staff.
  • MMLC has a van that transports the children to various field trips in the City of Brandon
  • MMLC plans for guests to come to the Centre to teach and expose the children to various cultures, people and information.
  • MMLC limits the number of large group activities throughout the day so that all children can participate in the experiences provided by the ECE on a daily basis.
  • MMLC staff are aware of the children and their needs through observation and the personal knowledge of each child so are they are aware of the children’s needs and make changes to their programming accordingly so all the needs of all the children are being met.
  • Each room has a comfortable space for children to have quiet time when they require it.

Support for our families:

  • Director and a staff attend individual program planning meetings with parent and any additional support team members.
  • MMLC respects and values the input from parents and encourages them to be part of the decision making process for their child.
  • The desires of the family, needs, abilities and interests of the child, the knowledge of professionals are used to create a program that is individual to the child’s needs.
  • During visits to MMLC the early intervention provider and/ or therapist and the ECE decide together on the best strategies for the group setting to support the needs of the child.
  • Medical procedures are taught to the staff of MMLC for each individual child by a Registered nurse or other health care professional.
  • All staff are required to complete 24 hours of professional development each year of which some of the hours are devoted to inclusion practice.


Anaphylaxis Policy




The objectives of the Policy are:

  1. Provide a safe environment for children/staff with anaphylaxis.

  2. Provide guidelines for staff to respond to anaphylaxis

  3. Promote understanding with in the Centre to anaphylaxis

  4. Promote a Centre based approach to anaphylaxis


    What is Anaphylaxis?

    Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that can result in death due to airway obstruction or a severe drop in blood pressure. It is an extreme total body reaction.


    When Does Anaphylaxis Occur?

    The course of a life-threatening allergy can vary form person to person. Anaphylaxis can potentially occur when a person has experienced only minor allergic reactions previously. Others may show a general progression of increasingly severe allergic reactions that lead up to anaphylactic reaction without any previous signs of allergy.


    Anaphylaxis reactions may be triggered by minute amounts of an allergen – measured by micrograms. For example, children have developed anaphylactic reactions after coming into contact with residual peanut butter on tables that were wiped clean of visible material.


Common food and non-food Allergens:

  1. Peanut/peanut products and nuts

  2. Fish and shell fish

  3. Milk

  4. Eggs

  5. Soy

  6. Bees, wasps, hornet and yellow jackets

  7. Medications such as antibiotics, muscle relaxants and anti-convulsants

  8. Latex


    A person with a life-Threatening allergy must be diagnosed and treatment prescribed by a doctor. It is recommended that an allergy specialist assess the child.

    When a child is enrolled in Magical Memories Learning Centre Inc and is diagnosed with a life-threatening allergy and may require the immediate injection of adrenaline by auto-injector, this procedure must be followed:

  1. When the Centre is made aware of a child enrolled in the program has a life-threatening allergy and carries an adrenaline auto-injector a URIS application will be submitted.

  2. Parent/Guardians of the child with the life threatening allergy will sign an “Authorization for the Release of Information” form to Magical Memories Learning Centre on behalf of URIS, Regional Heath Authority and/or nursing agency prior to the child starting day-care.

  3. Parents/Guardians of the child with life-threatening allergies will complete the “Authorization Form for Administration of Adrenaline Auto- Injector” prior to the child starting day-care.

  4. A Heath Care Plan/Emergency Response Plan will be developed with consultation with the parents/guardians of the child on an annual basis.

  5. When the Adrenaline Auto Injector is used, an ambulance shall be called immediately and the child will be transported to the Brandon Regional Heath Authority



    Director’s Responsibilities to a child enrolled with a Life Threatening Allergy:

  • The Director shall submit the URIS Application for approval

  • Obtain all forms from the parents/guardians and ensure that they are filed out correctly.

  • Annually submit a URIS application to URIS.

  • Be the liaison between the designated heath care professional and the parents/guardians.

  • Assist with the implantation of policies and procedures for reducing the risk in the Centre.

  • Work as closely as possible with the parents/guardians with the known risk of anaphylaxis.

  • Notify staff, Board of Directors of the child with known risk of anaphylaxis, the allergies and treatment.

  • Post allergy alert forms with a photograph in the staff room( with parents/guardian written approval)

  • Maintain up to date emergency contacts and telephone numbers

  • Ensure all staff has received instruction in the use of the auto-injector.

  • Ensure all substitute staff are informed of the presence of a child with known risk of anaphylaxis, and that appropriate support/response is available should an emergency occur.

  • Inform parents/guardians of the Centre that a child with a life-threatening allergy is in direct contact with their child(ren) and ask for their co-operation ( this is with written approval form parent/guardian)

  • Arrange annually, through the public heath nurse to train staff during a staff meeting, workshop or professional development evening.

  • Monitor all staff in contact with the child with life threatening allergy.

  • If it is not developmentally appropriate for the child to carry an auto-injector, ensure the staff responsible for that child wears a fanny pack, or it is in a safe, unlocked location accessible only to the adults responsible.

  • Ensure safety procedures are developed for field trips and out of Centre activities.


    Early Childhood Educators Responsibilities

  • Ensure you receive annual training in caring for a child with anaphylaxis.

  • Discuss anaphylaxis with the other children in age appropriate terms

  • Reinforce to the children not to share lunches or snacks

  • Choose products that are safe for all children in the program

  • Instruct children with the life-threatening allergy to eat only what is provided.

  • Reinforce hand washing practices

  • Facilitate communication with other parents

  • Follow policy for reducing risk in eating and all common areas.

  • Plan appropriately for all field trips. Ensure the auto injector is taken whenever the child is out of the building, This also includes in the playground attached to the Centre.

  • Ensure emergency response plans are considered when planning and implementing out of Centre activities.


    Registered Nurses Responsibilities:

  • Consult with and provide information to parents/guardians, children and ECE’s.

  • Provide anaphylaxis training to all staff.

  • IN collaboration with parents/guardians and director develop an Individual Heath Care Plan and Emergency Response Plan for the child with known risk of anaphylaxis.

  • Facilitate staff training and provide monitoring to personnel involved with children with known risk of anaphylaxis.


    All Parents Responsibilities:

  • Respond co-operatively to requests form the staff to eliminate allergens from your child’s lunches

  • Encourage children to respect the child with known risk of anaphylaxis and program policies.

  • Inform the staff PRIOR to distribution of food products to any child in the program.

  • Participate in parent information sessions.



    All Children’s Responsibilities: (developmentally appropriate only)

  • Learn to recognize symptoms of anaphylactic reaction.

  • Do not share food but especially with children with known risk of anaphylaxis

  • Follow rules about keeping allergens out of the Centre

  • Follow the rules on hand washing.