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.

Daily Practice with the Children: Resources, Sources of Support, Festivals and Dealing with Prejudice

Daily Practice with the Children: Resources, Sources of Support, Festivals and Dealing with Prejudice

Daily practice with the children: Resources, sources of support, festivals and dealing with prejudice

This Chapter Deals with a Variety of Topics Related to Daily Practice:

  • Material resources
  • The support of people from outside the setting
  • The celebration of festivals
  • Responding to evidence of prejudice among the children
  • Safeguarding children from other cultural backgrounds

Material Resources

Equipment and material provide the most immediately visible indication of a setting's commitment to the celebration of cultural diversity. You can see at a glance signs in foreign languages, pictures, musical instruments, dressing-up clothes, cooking implements and various other resources that reflect life outside white British culture. The absence of such tangible evidence would certainly be worrying. Its ...

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