Taking the discussion about cultural diversity beyond the usual topics of anti-racism and inclusion but without overlooking these issues, Understanding Cultural Diversity in the Early Years considers current debates around the alleged failure of multiculturalism, and encourages practitioners to utilize their own cultural backgrounds and experiences as a way of developing their teaching.

With an optimistic outlook, and focusing on the advantages for learning that cultural diversity can offer, the book discusses the concepts of culture, multi-culturalism and inter-cultural competence, and describes the principles that underpin good practice. It is packed full of case studies from a variety of early years settings, with ideas to try out and interactive exercises to aid reflection.

Issues covered in the book include:

addressing cultural diversity in staff meetings, and on short training courses; planning a critical audit of your setting; working with parents from a variety of cultural backgrounds; how to explain diversity to young children; the overwhelmingly white British setting; settings where white British children are in the minority; curriculum developments in different parts of the UK, post-devolution

Written for all early childhood students and early years practitioners, it is relevant to anyone interested in inclusion, society and global citizenship.

The Background to Daily Practice: Curriculum Guidance, Discussion with Interested Parties and Twinning with Settings Abroad

The background to daily practice: Curriculum guidance, discussion with interested parties and twinning with settings abroad

This Chapter Deals with what Might be Described as the Background to Daily Work in the Field of Cultural Diversity. In Particular it Speaks about:

  • The official guidance on the issue of cultural diversity in early years settings in the four major parts of the UK
  • Discussion of the issue of cultural diversity with staff
  • Discussion of the issue with parents
  • Twinning arrangements with settings abroad

The Official Guidance

It is possible to see curriculum guidance and other material coming from government as nothing more than a set of rules to be followed. An intelligent response ...

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