The following is our Philosophy regarding Honouring Diversity used to guide practice and to help support children’s well-being, learning and development in our early childhood education and care service.
- The service is made up of people who are diverse in many ways: cultural and language backgrounds; gender; lifestyle; socio-economic status; family composition; abilities; personal beliefs; and values. In addition the child, parent, family, professional, educator, staff, service and community is unique;
- The children deserve to be supported to respond to diversity with openness and confidence. Children who stand out because of some kind of difference deserve respect and acceptance. The professional, educator and staff aim to support and respect diversity;
- Culture and language are part of identity and children will be disadvantaged if their culture and language are ignored or deemed. The professional, educator and staff aim to support and promote children’s identity including culture and language;
- Our service environment is a place where concepts of democracy, equity and social justice are not just talked about but are more importantly enacted in practice;
- To include children with disabilities or high support needs. Inclusion means thinking always about what will match and extend the abilities, strengths, and interest of each child in the group;
- It is our responsibility to acknowledge the history and current situations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their circumstances and aim to support them;
It is therefore our short and long term broad aim to achieve the practice of Honouring Diversity including Social Justice to help support children’s wellbeing, learning and development in our early childhood education and care service.Source: NSW Community Services, Office of Childcare, NSW Curriculum Framework, Practice of Relationships (Linked to evolving: Philosophies, EYLF (NQF), Aims, Documentation, Curriculum & Practice)