Early Years Accessibility Policy

Updated as of 1st November 2011

A number of accessibility features have been implemented on the Early Year's site.

These features will make the site more accessibile to people with visual, motor or cognitive disabilities. We aim to comply with WAI Priorty 1, 2 & 3 accessibility guidelines.

Keyboard Access

The following access keys have been assigned to links to the main areas of the site, making it possible to navigate around the site without using a mouse:

Standard Access Keys

  • Home
  • About us
  • Services
  • Training
  • Parents
  • Policy
  • News & Events
  • Bookstore
  • Membership
  • S = Skip Navigation
  • 1 = Home
  • 2 = News & Events
  • 3 = Site Map
  • 4 = Search
  • 5 = FAQs
  • 6 = Help (Not available on this site)
  • 7 = Contact Us
  • 8 = Terms and Conditions
  • 9 = Request Information (Not available on this site)
  • 0 = Accessibility Information

Access Keys Specific to this site

  • A = About Us
  • B = Project & Services
  • C = Training
  • D = Parents
  • E = Policy
  • F = Follow us on Facebook
  • I = Membership
  • J = Privacy Policy
  • K = Get Adobe Reader
  • L = Follow us on Twitter

To use the access keys:

On Windows-based systems

Using Internet Explorer

  1. 1. Hold down 'Alt key' and press assigned access key.
  2. 2. Press Enter.

Using Firefox

  1. Hold down 'Shift key' & 'Alt key' and press assigned access key.

On the Macintosh system

  1. Hold down 'Ctrl key' and press assigned access key.
  2. Press Enter.

The page you have chosen should now open.

Please Note: access keys are supported in Internet Explorer 4.x upwards and Netscape 6.0 upwards.

Labels have been added to form fields to make them eaiser to understand.

Navigation Aids

A "Skip to Main Navigation" and a "Skip to Content" link have been provided at the top of each page to enable users with screen readers to go directly to the content of the page without needing to repeat the navigate links. It is invisible to the naked eye but can be read by screen readers.

Other accessibility features

A text description has been added to each image within alt and title tags. This will appear as a 'tooltip' to users with visual browsers and will also be read out by screen readers. Images used purely for decorative purposes contain a null value so they will not be read by screen readers or generate a 'tooltip' unnecessarily.

Text throughout the site (including navigation) is resizeable. Visually-impaired users may find increasing the text size makes reading pages easier.

All forms have been labelled to make them easier to understand for people using assistive technology. Text associated with a particular form field has been given a label in the HTML code to show the relationship. These labels are not visable on the screen but will be read out by screen readers and other assistive technologies.

The opening of pop-up or additional browser windows has been made clear.

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