Design and make a leaflet for parents to welcome them when they and their children first join the setting. The leaflet should describe your policies and procedures directly related to anti-discrimination and inclusion, and the key values that your setting promotes.
Use the leaflet as an opportunity to invite parents to tell you about their family culture and beliefs, remembering that disclosing this sort of information is entirely optional. Ask parents to let you know if there is anything that your setting can do to better support their beliefs, culture, values and preferences, as a way to better reflect the community’s diversity. Amongst other ideas of your own, you may want to ask them to consider:
Religious events, holidays and festivals
Dietary requirements or preferences related to their culture or religion Any key cultural or religious values
Stories, nursery rhymes, songs and games
Which of the following things challenge stereotypes and confront discrimination? Sort the items below into the correct columns using this table.
Swapping the gender of leading characters in songs and rhymes Integrating learning about different cultures into the curriculum Ignoring stereotyped beliefs if they are aired between staff in private Only keeping books and toys in the nursery that conform to ‘normal’ ideas Intervening sensitively
when children make racist comments to one another Treating everybody the same
Allowing children to sort out conflicts based on stereotyped beliefs on their own Inviting people whose job roles challenge stereotypes to speak to children.
Do challenge discrimination and stereotypes
Do not challenge discrimination and stereotypes
Swapping the gender of leading characters in songs and rhymes
Ignoring stereotyped beliefs if they are aired between staff in private
Only keeping books and toys in the nursery that conform to ‘normal’ ideas
Allowing children to sort out conflicts based on stereotyped beliefs on their own
Integrating learning about different cultures into the curriculum Treating everybody the same
Inviting people whose job roles challenge stereotypes to speak to children.
Intervening sensitively when children make racist comments to one another
Imagine that you encounter the following situations at your setting. Briefly plan an activity for each one (for staff or for children, as appropriate) that shows how you could challenge the beliefs underpinning each situation and promote change.
1. You are a setting manager. You overhear room leader Jonathan say to fellow
practitioner Laura that it is not fair that Afia is allowed time to pray during work each day.
Answer: Base on the setting of the nursery the children need is first priority. As a setting manager, I would plan a staff meeting and discuss any concern then I would be able to implement the prayer time if possible.
2. You are a room leader. At story time Farukh says he does not want to hear a particular story because it is about a ‘brown’ girl, and ‘brown’ girls are not interesting.
Answer : As a room leader I would ask him an open question that would enable him to express himself, such as what girl interest him? And depending on his answer I would then get some cultural books from around the world and explain to the class that everyone is special even though they are all different colour from different background.
3. You are a setting manager. Your deputy Hannah says that she cannot provide feedback to Gavin’s mother, Layla, at the end of the day because it is ‘impossible’ to understand what Layla says in response due to her speech impediment, the result of a stroke she had last year.
Answer: As a setting manager I would provide a communication book for layla’s mom so that she’s able to communicate and I would be able to give feedback in writing, also keep the book in a safe place. I would also keep in contact with another name family member.
4. You are a room leader. Heidi has same-sex parents, Naomi and Eleanor. You hear one of your room’s staff say to another child that Heidi has a mummy and a nanny that picks her up sometimes. Heidi is very confused.
Answer: As a room leader I would plan an activity using play people to demonstrate to the class that there are parents of same sex