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This assignment identifies the equity and diversity in early year's services.

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Samantha Stanley - BTEC National Diploma in Early Years Induction Assignment Equity and Diversity This assignment identifies the equity and diversity in early year's services. It is based upon treating every child fairly, but not every child should be treated exactly the same way as another child. Children aswel as adults are individuals, the needs in which child A require may be different from child B or child C, therefore it would not be fair to treat all three children exactly the same as each child should be valued as an individual so their individual needs should be met. There are various ways of discrimination children receive whilst in early year's education. They are the following: 1 Racial Discrimination 2 Disability Discrimination 3 Gender Discrimination 4 Social Discrimination 5 Size Discrimination. Racial Discrimination Many children get discriminated against because of the colour of their skin, their religion or their culture. Today's societies are expected to be aware and to respect different cultures and beliefs. Although most of the staff would, the other children are not aware of any other cultures. The language in which different cultures speak is part of a child's personal identity; unfortunately the other children would not understand this language or the religion so the child would feel rejected. As the young children do not understand other cultures or religions they would not class it as being of any importance. ...read more.

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This still happens in early years services as a child or a group of children are treated different from the opposite sex e.g. schools may not allow girls to play football as they consider football to be a 'boys sport' or only letting girls play with dolls in the home corner as it is a 'woman's job'. Gender discrimination would affect the child's holistic development in the following ways: Physical - Boys are physically stronger than girls. Intellectual - They might think that one gender is superior to the other. Language - They might not interact with the opposite sex, therefore wouldn't know how to make a conversation with them. Emotional - e.g. School sets up a boys football team, the girls may feel left out as they are not allowed to join, even though its what they enjoy and they might be really good. Social - They would not have the chance to interact with the opposite sex. Social Discrimination Children in mainstream schools get discriminated a lot because of their social class. The child would have picked up from their role models' (parents) actions. For some unfortunate children because their parents may not have a stable income this would seriously effect the child's development. This would also decrease the opportunities the child has because their parents may not be able to afford swimming or football lessons or dance classes. ...read more.

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(H.Malik 1998) The Disability Discrimination Act The Disability Discrimination Act covers disabled people both physically and mentally. The act implies disability as being "a physical or mental impairment which has substantial and long-term adverse effect on a person's ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities" "All settings should have a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) who is responsible for ensuring that the special needs of children are met. In schools this would be a member of the teaching staff who liaises with parents and other staff and keeps records of the special educational needs within the school." (S.Green 2002) Conclusion Children are not born prejudice; they pick up actions from their role models (parents) and imitate them. During their early years children are developing their sense of identity, self-worth and self-esteem. They are learning how others see them and treat them. They react to what they experience and see around them. The attitudes of the parents affect the child's development. Parents should show positive images of people, lives and places, this helps to build their child's identity and self-esteem. Being a victim of discrimination can affect children's life changes in many ways: 13 It can damage their developing sense of self-worth and self-esteem. 14 They may grow up with a view of themselves as inferior. 15 They may not try out new activities for fear of failing. 16 They may achieve less at school. 17 They may develop serious emotional and social problems late in life e.g. finding it hard to form relationships. ...read more.

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