Diversity & Equality in Early Childhood

Diversity & Equality in Early Childhood

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New childcare text that positions diversity and equality as an integral part of early childhood care and education for students, trainers and practitioners in Ireland.

Presents up-to-date examples of innovative practice,
developed by the éist project, the Equality & Diversity
Early Childhood National Network (EDeNn), and gathered
from early childhood settings and learners in Ireland.
Examples and cases framed by theoretical considerations
and insights into international work.
Supports the implementation of Síolta (2006), Aistear
(2009) and the Diversity and Equality Guidelines for
Childcare Providers (2006 OMC) with particular focus on
identity and belonging and anti-discriminatory practice.
Divided into four sections:
Diversity is real – and so is exclusion:
Presents a framework for what adults need to know to
proactively address diversity beyond culture, and
contextualises children’s stories in legislation, policy and
practice.
(Re)thinking early childhood care and education
Offers several theoretical perspectives on diversity and
equality in early childhood.
Walking the walk: insights into Irish ECCE practice, with
specific reference to diversity and equality
Provides insights into existing and innovative practices in
the Irish ECCE sector, demonstrating that change for
adults and children is possible.
Roadmap to equality: conclusions and
recommendations for policy, professional development
and practice in the Irish ECCE sector
Draws on the discussions, examples and insights of the
previous sections and proposes recommendations for
steps to be taken by policy-makers, trainers, educators
and practitioners in early childhood settings and services
in Ireland.
  • Supports the implementation of Síolta (2006), Aistear (2009) and the Diversity and Equality Guidelines for Childcare Providers (2006 OMC), with particular focus on identity and belonging and anti-discriminatory practice.
  • Provides up-to-date examples of innovative practice developed by the éist project and the Equality & Diversity Early Childhood National Network (EDeNn), and gathered from early childhood settings and learners in Ireland.
  • Presented in four sections:
    • Diversity is real – and so is exclusion
      Introduces a framework that can be used to address diversity beyond culture, and contextualises children’s stories in legislation, policy and practice.
    • Re-thinking Early Childhood Education and Care
      Offers several theoretical perspectives on diversity and equality in early childhood.
    • Voices from the sector
      Provides insight into existing and innovative practices in the Irish ECEC sector, while demonstrating that change for adults and children is possible.
    • Roadmap to equality
      Proposes recommendations for steps to be taken by policy-makers, trainers, educators and practitioners in early childhood settings and services in Ireland.

WRITTEN FOR:

  • Childcare courses at FETAC Level 6
  • Early childhood education courses at degree level
  • Montessori courses
  • Primary teacher education courses
  • Social care courses