K3P235 The various forms of discrimination

K3P235 The various forms of discrimination, the groups most likely to experience discrimination and the possible effects of discrimination on the children and families.

Case study

  • You are asked to line up the children ready for outdoor play with the girls in one line, the boys in another.

I would question why they are being separated into gender groups and challenge the adult on what message that is sending out to the children, for example that boys are better than girls.  Also I would remind others that some cultures see boys as a privileged and that we must be inclusive to all the children in our practice and treat them as individuals and equals.

  • Mrs Smith complains because her daughter is playing with a little girl with cerebral palsy.

I would challenge and educate the parent and give out leaflets on medical conditions and invite the parent into the setting.  I would explain that we encourage all the children to treat their peers as individuals and equals, that we are inclusive and we respect everyone’s feelings, cultures, religions and backgrounds in our practice.

  • A boy in the reception class uses abusive racist language.

I would explain to the child that we do not use racist language and that we respect others feelings.  In circle time I would explain to all the children the importance of respecting others feelings, needs, point of view, cultures, religions and backgrounds and that we must speak and act towards others how we would like to be spoken and acted back to.  I would act as a role model to encourage the children’s positive behaviour within the setting and ensure that we celebrate diversity.  I would also speak to the child’s parents and explain their behaviour to try and gauge why it may be occurring.

  • The owner of the nursery insists that all children wear shorts in nursery although there are many children who are Muslim.

I would ask the owner why they insist on the children wearing shorts and if all of the parents are happy with this request and are they respecting the parent’s wishes.  I would ask the parent’s if they are happy with the owner’s wishes and take their concerns back to the owner.  I would challenge and educate the owner regarding our inclusion policy and that we must respect cultural and religious differences and treat everyone as individuals and equals.

Discrimination mostly occurs when groups or a person refuses to see the point of view of other groups or a person and refuses to see that all people are equal.

People who belong to any group can be discriminated against and as a practitioner it is paramount that you never exclude children or parents from receiving a good service or relationships because they belong to a different race, culture, religion, gender or age group, or because of their abilities or sexuality.

The consequences of prejudice and discrimination.

Children:-

As a practitioner it is important that you find out about the individual needs of the children and parents and check that your behaviour and service meets the needs of the people as this may lead to discrimination, prejudices or stereotyping against them in the way that you work and provide a service.

Please cross Reference Knowledge Evidence: Unit 301 K3P159, Unit 303 K3D219.

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