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 work in ways which support equality, diversity and inclusive practice
Assessment criteria: Evaluate the impact of own attitudes, values and behaviour when supporting equality, diversity and inclusive practice
It is important to be aware of one’s own attitudes, values and behaviours when supporting equality, diversity and inclusion in an Early Years setting. By doing so, we can ensure that we are not inadvertently discriminating against any individual or group. We can also help to create a more inclusive environment where everyone feels respected and valued.
When evaluating the impact of our own attitudes, values and behaviours, we should consider how they might affect:
- The way we interact with children and families from different backgrounds
- The way we design and deliver services
- The way we make decisions about resources and staffing
- Our ability to create an inclusive environment for all.
If we are not aware of our own attitudes, values and behaviours, or if we feel that they are not in line with promoting equality, diversity and inclusion, then we may need to make some changes. This could involve:
- Challenging our own prejudices and assumptions
- Reflecting on our own experiences and how they might impact our work with others
- Seeking out training and development opportunities on equality, diversity and inclusion
- Talking to colleagues, children and families about these issues.
By being aware of the impact of our attitudes, values and behaviours, we can positively promote equality, diversity and inclusion in early years settings.