Access information, advice and support about equality, diversity and inclusion

Qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit: Unit 2.4: Use legislation relating to equality, diversity and inclusive practice
Learning outcome: Be able to use information, advice and support to promote equality, diversity and inclusion
Assessment criteria: Access information, advice and support about equality, diversity and inclusion

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As an early years practitioner, it is important that you are aware of the different sources of information, advice and support available to you on equality, diversity and inclusion.

Your manager and colleagues can be a great source of support and guidance regarding equality, diversity and inclusion. The manager and more experienced colleagues will better understand the organisation’s policies and procedures relating to these areas. They will also be able to provide advice and support on how to deal with any difficult situations that may arise.

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The parents/carers of the children in your setting can also be a valuable source of information and support. If their child has a medical condition, they are usually well-informed about the best ways to provide support. Similarly, they can provide information about a child’s cultural and religious preferences (including dietary requirements) and other languages that may be spoken at home.

Many charities, organisations and agencies can provide information about particular groups, such as individuals with certain medical conditions or how to ensure that children from lower-income families can participate in activities that may incur an additional cost.

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Government agencies, such as the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), can also provide guidance on the legal requirements relating to equality, diversity and inclusion in early years settings.

Local authority services can also be a useful source of information and support, particularly around SENCOs (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators) who can offer advice and support relating to children with additional needs.

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