Equality and Diversity in Childcare

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Introduction My name is and I am currently doing a FETAC level 6 Early Childhood Care and Education course. One of the modules is Equality and Diversity in Childcare. For this exercise I will explore equality and diversity concepts as relevant to Irish Society. Analyse approaches to diversity education including, assimilation, multicultural, intercultural and anti-bias. Explore equality and diversity terminology; including prejudice, discrimination, racism, sexism and abelism etc. Examine current legislation on Equality and Diversity, to include Equality Legislation, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the UN International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. I will examine the role of the…show more content…
Even thought the colour of my neighbour’s skin wasn’t an issue I thought and knew she was different at a young age I just had it all wrong. My parents laughed for days and even told my neighbours mother and there was no offence taken or no apology to be made. I don’t think this would happen today, I would tell my 11yr old to not to say that and explain in great detail the ins and outs of the situation. Sometimes I wonder if things have gone too far. * Goodman (1970) demonstrated that children begin to develop racial identity as early as three years of age. This is very young I think. My father was a nurse and I went to the convent and the nuns always asked what does your father do , I think they knew the mothers were at the kitchen sink as they never mentioned the poor mothers , when I would reply” he is a nurse” titters and sniggers would fill the classroom . A man a nurse was not the norm when I was a child, it wasn’t the children’s fault this is just how things were at the time, and this would be stereo typing , a man does a mans job and a woman does a woman’s job. My first encounter with homosexual and gay issues was on a television programme called Dynasty and a character called Stephen, he acted the gay son of a wealthy business man and the gasps and shock of my parents and the neighbours as they watched it religiously in our house because they didn’t have a television was
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