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Hattie and Friends

My name is Lesley Berrington. I am NNEB qualified and the former owner of Stepping Stones Day Care Limited. I opened my first Nursery in 1997 and went on to open 2 more Nurseries and 2 Kids’ Clubs within 4 years.

After attending a course about the Disability Discrimination Act I began searching for story books, featuring disability, to use in my Nurseries. It was very difficult to find any and the ones that I did find used the story to explain the disability.

This is not what I wanted in my books. I wanted the child with a disability to be part of the story to introduce the disability to other children, but not to draw attention to it.

All childcare providers are required to promote a positive image of disability as part of an inclusive learning curriculum. There are very few suitable resources available to support them.