Diversity & Equality in Early Childhood

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
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ISBN

9780717149940

Publication Date

April 2012

Language(s)

English

Format

Paperback, 176 pages

Country of Origin

IRELAND

Publisher

Gill Education

Index

Introduction

Section one: Diversity is real – and so is exclusion

Introduction to Section One

1: Historical Context

2: Understanding Terminology: Concepts and meanings explored

3: Terminology: Getting it right as language evolves and changes

4: European Law and Irish Legislation

 

Section Two: Re-thinking Early Childhood Education and Care

Introduction to Section Two

5: Reflective Practice and Critical Reflection

6: How do we know what we know about early childhood?

7: Approaches to Diversity and Equality

 

Section Three: Voices from the sector

Introduction to Section Three

8: Do 0–6 year olds need lessons in gender equality?

9: The Family Wall Project

10: Dealing with Difficult Situations

11: Persona Dolls

12: Embracing all languages i

Dimensions

245 x 175 mm

Author(s)

By Colette Murray By Mathias Urban

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Colette Murray, MSc has worked as a practitioner, trainer, lecturer, advocate and researcher. She established and coordinates the Equality & Diversity in Early Childhood National Network and is currently the Pre-school Education Initiative for Children from Minority Groups coordinator.

Dr Mathias Urban, Reader in Education, works for the Cass School of Education, University of East London, where he is Director of the International Centre for Research on Professionalism in Early Childhood.

Colette Murray, MSc has worked as a
practitioner, trainer, lecturer, advocate and
researcher. She established and coordinates the
Equality & Diversity in Early Childhood National
Network. She is currently the éist Early Childhood
Care and Education Coordinator. She is author of
a number of publications on diversity and equality
in early childhood care and education.
Dr Mathias Urban, Reader in Education, works for
the Cass School of Education, University of East
London, where he is Director of the International
Centre for Research on Professionalism in Early
Childhood. He publishes internationally on
dialogic approaches to quality, evaluation and
professionalism in working with young children,
families and communities.
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