Early Childhood is a complex and diverse field. This text is designed to help students understand and engage with current themes in early childhood, supporting the development of critical thinking skills. Key themes such as children's voice, child wellbeing, identities and professional relationships are presented and opened up for the reader through essential theory and selected extracts. Thought provoking activities in all chapters help students to get a deeper understanding of contemporary themes in early childhood, supporting them in assignment writing and in linking theory to practice.

Equality and Difference in the Early Years

Equality and Difference in the Early Years

Equality and difference in the early years
Alison Street

This chapter will consider why equality of opportunity is important in Early Years provision. It will explore the concept of difference, both as a resource for learning and as a way of aiming for equitable practice.

By the end of this chapter you should have:

  • considered the difference between equality and equity in relation to early childhood education;
  • reflected on how inequalities in health and well-being can impact on children's sense of self and educational opportunities;
  • thought about ways that disagreement can be a positive force for change in relation to diversity;
  • considered how young children and their parents are involved in decisions about education and care.


Inequality is now seen as the norm, regardless of ...

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