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 Inclusion of Children from Minority Communities

The inclusion of children from minority communities

This Chapter Describes:

  • The welcome offered to a new family from a cultural background that is not the majority one in the setting
  • The situation of bi-lingual children
  • The use of interpreters in conversations with parents
  • Some of the issues that arise from differences in child-rearing in different societies
  • The way the children in a setting can contribute to inclusion

The concept of inclusion found its way into early years discourse in the context of policy on children with special educational needs. More recently the meaning of the term has been widened. It is now taken to refer additionally to the inclusion of children from black and minority ethnic communities and of children ...

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