Explain the roles and responsibilities of the Early Years practitioner in supporting equality, diversity and inclusive practice

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 policies and procedures inform equality, diversity and inclusive practice
Assessment criteria: Explain the roles and responsibilities of the Early Years practitioner in supporting equality, diversity and inclusive practice

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The Early Years practitioner has a vital role to play in supporting equality, diversity and inclusive practice. This includes ensuring that all children have the opportunity to participate fully in early years provision, regardless of their background or circumstances.

Early Years practitioners should be aware of the range of diverse needs and experiences that children may have and be prepared to support them all in achieving their full potential. This may include, for example, children with special educational needs or disabilities, those from minority ethnic groups, and those living in poverty. Each child should be valued and listened to, and their views should always be taken into account.

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In order to support equality, diversity and inclusive practice effectively, Early Years practitioners need to have a good understanding of the relevant legislation and policy framework. They should also be aware of the different types of prejudice and discrimination that can occur and be able to challenge these effectively.

It is essential that Early Years practitioners are familiar with and follow their employer’s policies and procedures – this will help them to work in a way that is lawful and adheres to best practices.

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Early Years practitioners should be a positive role model and be able to recognise and challenge discrimination when encountered.

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