Describe what is meant by: equality, diversity, inclusion, discrimination

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: Understand how legislation and codes of practice inform equality, diversity and inclusive practice
Assessment criteria: Describe what is meant by: equality, diversity, inclusion, discrimination

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Equality, diversity and inclusion are important concepts in Early Years settings.

Equality means that everyone is treated fairly and equally, regardless of their personal characteristics or background.

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Diversity refers to the differences between people, such as their culture, ethnicity, gender, age or disability.

Inclusion means ensuring everyone has a fair chance to participate in activities and have their voice heard.

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Discrimination occurs when people are treated unfairly because of their personal characteristics or background. It can be direct, such as when someone is told they cannot do something because of their race, or indirect, such as when rules or policies disadvantage certain groups of people.

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