Principle 3

Principle 3

Respect for diversity, equity and inclusion is vital for optimal development and learning.

What the Experts say

Equitable outcomes for all children are supported when early childhood settings:

  • Recognize each child as a citizen with equal rights to live and learn in society.
  • Build programs based on the distinct early learning and child care needs of the community.
  • Recognize and respect the unique qualities of each child and family, including ancestry, culture, ethnicity, race, language, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic status, family environment, and developmental abilities and needs.
  • Create strategies that value the culture and first language of all children.
  • Establish programming strategies to foster an inclusive learning environment in which every child can participate.
  • View the diversity of participants as an asset, and plan programs to reflect differences and enrich the environment.

Principles Into Practice

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Based on your own experiences and practices, reflect on the questions below:

  • In what ways do we recognize, reflect and value the diversity of participating children, families and communities?
  • How do we show that we recognize the rights of children as citizens?
  • What strategies do we use to support the distinct abilities and needs of all children, and encourage peer interaction and meaningful play?
  • Does our program demonstrate respect for all family and cultural practices in everyday routines and activities?
  • For children who are learning English or French as a second language, how is their first language valued?
  • In settings where Aboriginal children participate, how does the program support the languages and cultures of their communities?

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