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Understanding Cultural Diversity in the Early Years

by Peter Baldock SAGE Publications Ltd
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Taking the discussion about cultural diversity beyond the usual topics of anti-racism and inclusion but without overlooking these issues, this book considers current debates around the alleged failure of multiculturalism, and encourages practitioners to utilise their own cultural backgrounds and experiences as a way of developing their teaching. With an optimistic outlook, and focusing on the advantages for learning that cultural diversity can offer, the book discusses the concepts of culture, multi-culturalism and inter-cultural competence, and describes the principles that underpin good practice. It is packed full of case studies from a variety of early years settings, with ideas to try out and interactive exercises to aid reflection. Issues covered in the book include: - addressing cultural diversity in staff meetings, and on short training courses - planning a critical audit of your setting - working with parents from a variety of cultural backgrounds - how to explain diversity to young children - the overwhelmingly white British setting - settings where white British children are in the minority - curriculum developments in different parts of the UK, post-devolution Written for all early childhood students and early years practitioners, it is relevant to anyone interested in inclusion, society and global citizenship.

What Is Your Culture?
Multiculturalism and Its Alleged Failure
The Idea of Intercultural Competence
The Background to Daily Practice: Curriculum Guidance, Discussion with Interested Parties and Twinning with Settings Abroad
Daily Practice with the Children: Resources, Sources of Support, Festivals and Dealing with Prejudice
The Inclusion of Children from Minority Communities
The Overwhelmingly White British Setting
The Setting That Is Not Primarily White British
Appendix 1 - Resources and Further Reading
Appendix 2 - DEC(SY) and its Cultural Mentor Service

'This book is very useful; the activities are thought-provoking and developmental throughout, and the examples are very helpful. I think it is timely, and it fills a niche' - Janet Kay, Principal Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University
Peter Baldock worked extensively in early years education as a teacher, in community development, in registration and inspection of early years services, and as an Associate Lecturer with the Open University. His publications include three books on early years services, and he was actively involved in Sheffield's 0-19+ Partnership on behalf of the voluntary sector.