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BME and Diversity
All children, irrespective of ethnicity, culture or religion, home language, family background, learning difficulties or disabilities, gender or ability should have the opportunity to experience a challenging and enjoyable programme of learning and development.
Specific Legal Requirements
All providers must have and implement an effective policy about ensuring equality of opportunities and for supporting children with learning difficulties and disabilities.
Providers must have effective systems to ensure that the individual needs of all children are met.
Providers must promote equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice and must ensure that every child is included and not disadvantaged because of ethnicity, culture or religion, home language, family background, learning difficulties or disabilities, gender or ability.
Providers should obtain, record and act on information from parents about a child’s dietary needs (EYFS page 27)
Practitioners should focus on each child’s individual learning, development and care needs by:
A child’s ethnicity should only be recorded where parents have identified the ethnicity of their child themselves. (EYFS page 38)
Principles into Practice Cards
1.2 Inclusive Practice
Evidence of Effective Practice
Providers have a responsibility to ensure positive attitudes to diversity and difference – not only so that every child is included and not disadvantaged, but also that they learn from the earliest age to value diversity in others and grow up making a positive contribution to society.
Encourage children to recognise their own unique qualities and the characteristics they share with other children.
The policy on equality of opportunities should include:
(plus SEN information, EYFS page25)
Reflecting on Practice
How do you help children value diversity and differences?
How do you challenge inappropriate attitudes and practices in both adults and children?
How do you encourage children, families and staff to value and respect each other?
How would a family arriving at your setting know that all children are welcomed and valued?
The following documents were made available as part of the National Strategies programme:
Building Futures: Believing in Children. A Focus on Provision for Black Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage
Building Futures: Developing Trust. A focus on provision for children from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller backgrounds in the Early Years Foundation Stage
Supporting Children Learning English as an Additional Language Guidance for Practitioners in the Early Years Foundation Stage