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Introduction The purpose of this essay is to evaluate the impact of discriminatory practice on work with children and investigate the ways in which the needs of children can be met through a range of anti-discriminatory practices. This essay will include the following information: * An overview of discriminatory and non-discriminatory practice * An evaluation of the impact of discriminatory practice on children * An exploration of how practitioners can meet children's needs by using non-discriminatory practice * Examples of good practice seen whilst on placement To complete this, a range of resources will be used including: - Internet - Journals - Books - E-books - News articles What is discriminatory and Anti-discriminatory Practice? There are many different definitions of the above that can be used: "Any prejudice view or diverse treatment because of race, colour, creed, or national origin" (www.surestart.gov.uk) is seen as discriminatory practice along with "Not encouraging or approving or pleasing" (http://www.iadb.org). According to Lindon (2004 p128) "Discrimination means behaving in an unfair way towards a person because of the way we have judged them." There are two types of discrimination: Direct discrimination: This is treating someone unfairly compared to someone else in the same or similar circumstances; it could be as a result of their sex, race, marital status, disability, or age for example. ...read more.


They may have a higher self esteem, more confidence knowing they are being treated fairly and more confidence when a problem may arise by knowing they will be treated equally, with equal respect and in confidence. They may be more willing to learn and co-operate if they know they are being treated fairly and being given the equal opportunities as the other children. * Meeting children's individual needs by using non-discriminatory practice One way to meet children's individual needs is by following Legislation. Within the Rights to Education Act (1994) it states: "Every child who has attained the age of 6 years shall have the right to participate in full time elementary education" The act ensures that children are not discriminated as every child has equal rights to an education within the setting. Staff must abide by the legislation and this, therefore, helps to meet the children's individual needs. By using anti-discriminatory practice, children's needs' can be met appropriately and effectively. In place in many nurseries and schools are policies such as Equal Opportunities, Disability Discrimination Act, Race Relations Act and Education Act and so forth. These are all in place to promote equality and diversity within the setting. ...read more.


When children in placement have questions or feel the need to comment, each child regardless of gender, race, cultural background or ability is allowed to speak if it is appropriate. Lindon (2004:84) comments, "Good Practice is to listen to children in general and to what they want to say..." It is seen as an act of good practice within this placement as all children are listened to and their points of view and comments taken into consideration. Left-handed scissors are provided for those children who are left-handed. All children are then able to complete the activities with an equal chance of success. Staff members within settings follow legislation, policies and guidelines in place to ensure each child has an equal education. Conclusion The importance of anti-discriminatory practice is quite evident. "Children learn that they are all different and special", (Tassoni P et al. 2000:20) It is important anti-discriminatory behaviour is practiced with early years settings to encourage children to want to learn, have a good self-esteem and to learn they are treated as an individual within society with equal rights to everyone else. This essay has pointed out what discriminatory and anti-discriminatory practice is, the importance of using anti-discriminatory practice, how discrimination impacts on children and examples of good practice seen whilst on placement. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 Joanne Elliott BA ECS 1B ...read more.

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