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Inclusion News


Welcome to our first edition of Inclusion News for 2019

In January we welcomed Julie Hemmings to our statewide team.  Julie is based in our Launceston office and brings to the role a wealth of knowledge and Inclusion Professional experience.  Social skills is an area of development where children often require increased levels of support from educators as they continue to make sense of the social world and practice waiting and turn taking.  Social scripts are a great tool to compliment the teaching of socials skills particularly within the 3-5 year programs.  We have included a link to Sue Larkey's July 2018 newsletter 'Social Scripts" to support your understanding.  If you would like to know more or require support and guidance to develop social scripts for your education and care environment, contact the inclusion professional working with your service.  To further support educator skills and knowledge we have included links to Early Childhood Resource Hub together with information on the new mental health online learning platform 'Be You'. 

We encourage service managers and directors to share our newsletter with all members of staff so educators can continue to build their knowledge and understanding in relation to all aspects of inclusive practice.

As a part of our commitment to continuous improvement Lady Gowrie Inclusion Agency has updated our 'Request for Inclusion Support' form 2019 and have included a link within this edition of Inclusion News.  Please save this form on your service computer where it is easily accessible as required.

Inclusion Agency Tasmania welcomes your feedback about our newsletters and is particularly interested to know about topics your service would like to see in our future editions.  Your feedback can be emailed to





Inclusion Professionals




Julie Hemmings

Hello, my name is Julie and I am working as an Inclusion Professional in the Northern Region. I have been working as an Inclusion Professional for 8 ½ years on the mainland. The role of Inclusion Professional is one I love as I see educator’s role in supporting children from diverse backgrounds as a vital one. All children need to feel included but children with additional needs or from diverse backgrounds may need that extra support. I love supporting educators to feel enabled in their role so that they can develop the skills / knowledge / supports / resources they need to ensure all children are engaging and belonging in the education and care environment. Educators are the key to this success and they also need the support from the Inclusion Agency. Inclusion is very important to me as I have seen many children struggling to feel included. I come from an Early Childhood/Primary Teaching Background. I have qualifications in Special Education / Giftedness and Psychology. I have taught on many levels including early childhood; primary school; some secondary; and tertiary education. I look forward to working with educators and support them on their journey around inclusion so that we can see great outcomes for all children.


Early Childhood Resource Hub


Following on from the statewide Narragunnawali sessions in August 2018, we include the following newsletter from Early Childhood Resource Hub.  This newsletter provides inspiration for celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culture and community.  The newsletter provides information, resources and further professional development opportunities on cultural competence.




Promoting Social Understanding - Social Scripts


It is important that all children are supported in developing friendships, play and social interaction through all aspects of daily programs.  Social scripts are one way to compliment teaching social skills for all children, but in particular children with Autism Spectrum Disorder who often require visual cues.

Sue Larkey explores social scripts in an article in her July 2018 newsletter.  To view the full email click on the link below.  If you would like to receive Sue's newsletters in the future, then please follow the link at the end of the newsletter.




What to say instead of "Be Careful!"


This blog post from Backwoods Mama introduces ways that adults can help foster awareness and develop problem solving skills, rather than instilling fear and anxiety by using the phrase "Be Careful!"




Engaging in Professional Learning: Relationships, Connections and Practice


The following is a reflective article looking at the principles and practices of Marte Meo.  The article is based on the experiences of Inclusion Professionals Kellie New and Emma Hughes, who both participated in the Marte Meo Practitioner training which was conducted last year.

Contact Gowrie Training & Consultancy on  if you would like to be part of Marte Meo training commencing 9th May or for further information see the link below.




Inclusion Agency 2019 Referral Forms


We have redeveloped our Request for Inclusion Support form for 2019.  The 2019 form may look different, however, the information is in fact very similar to our previous 'IA Referral' form.

The link below will direct you to the form, however,  it can also be located on the Lady Gowrie website under the Inclusion Support tab.




Upcoming Community and Professional Development Opportunities



KidsMatter has recently joined with Beyond Blue to form a new mental health online learning platform.   'Be You':

  • aims to transform Australia’s approach to supporting children and young people’s mental health in early learning services and schools, from early years to 18.
  • is a national mental health initiative for educators which aims to promote and protect positive mental health in children and young people in every early learning service and school in Australia.
  • vision is to build an education system in which every learning community is positive, inclusive and resilient – where every child, young person, staff member and family can achieve their best possible mental health.
  • offers a range of online, evidence-based tools, resources and professional learning aimed at improving the skills and knowledge of educators to support mental health and wellbeing in children and young people.

The link below takes you directly to the Be You website.



University of Tasmania Cool Little Kids updates and programs



Guiding Children's Behaviour for Connection Forum by Trent Saville

This workshop is designed to assist professionals to reinterpret children’s behaviour by reflecting on their developmental needs and experiences, including stress, trauma, attachment and cognitive skills.

Where: Professional Learning Institute 9 Timsbury Road, Glenorchy.
When: Saturday 23 March 2019 Time: 9:00am registration for 9:30am start – 4:00pm  
Cost: $25.00 plus GST per educator   

To register: email / phone 6230 6824.


Marte Meo Practitioner Training

Gowrie Training & Consultancy are running the third round of Marte Meo Practitioner Training beginning this May.
If you are interested in learning more, or wish to register, please follow the link below




Please note Lady Gowrie Tasmania Inclusion Agency has offices in all three regions of the state, however, as Inclusion Professionals work predominately in early childhood and child care services across the state, please direct any inquiries to head office where we can ensure a timely reply to your enquiry.

Operational Hours

Operating 51 weeks of the year

Monday to Friday 8:00am – 6:00pm (Head Office)

After hours by arrangement

Head Office
346 Macquarie St,
South Hobart, TAS, 7004.

1800 647 718
6230 6840

Regional Offices
56 Frederick St, Launceston, Tas, 7250.
6324 1360   
11 Queen St, Burnie, Tas, 7320.
6431 302



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