Understand the importance of diversity, equality and inclusion
When children spend time in settings which promote diversity, equality of opportunity and inclusion, they are able to progress in all areas of development, in an emotionally secure and supportive environment. These principles are such an important aspect of practice in working with children because, without them, children’s life chances are jeopardised.
Our society is made up of people with a wide range of characteristics and backgrounds. This diversity contributes strength to community, but sadly it is often perceived as a problem. You can help children see diversity in a positive light. The children I have worked with have came from a variety of social and cultural backgrounds and live in families which have a wide range of lifestyles. Exploring the diversity in our society enables us to understand and value the individuality of each child, as the EYFS emphasises, each is ‘A Unique Child’.
I see each child as an individual, it enables me to promote their right to have access to equality of opportunity and to be treated with equal concern so they are able to process along the pathway of development and learning.
As I promote the positive aspects of diversity and to offer children equal chances in life, all settings for children should work towards inclusion. This is a process of identifying, understanding and breaking down barriers to participation and belonging.
Effects of discrimination
Significant barriers to inclusion are:
• Discrimination - treating someone less favourably than other people
• Prejudice - a judgement or opinion, often negative of a person or group, made without careful consideration of accurate relevant information, which may lead to the view that some people are inferior to other human beings, and of less worth and significance.
Prejudice can result in assumptions such as:
• Some people (as defined by their skin colour, gender, impairment, sexuality or...