Teaching Young Children to be Inclusive
Inclusiveness is the quality of including many different types of people and treating them all fairly and equally. Young children take cues from their parents and caregivers, and a child that learns to respect others and embrace diversity will develop to be tolerant, fair and well-balanced.
Tips & Tricks for Raising an Inclusive Child
- Encourage your child to participate in cultural activities in your community. Many childcare centres host events where the children can learn about foods, music, dress and traditions from a range of ethnicities.
- Suggest that your little one shares their English language skills with any non-native speakers in their peer group.
- Arrange play-dates with other children in your community, including those with different backgrounds and abilities.
- Help your child to help others. Bake a cake for an elderly neighbour. Hold a door open for someone and always be polite.
- Set a good example by being respectful, inclusive and treating others fairly and without prejudice. Talk with friends and neighbours from all walks of life. Get involved with community events and always make newcomers feel respected and welcomed.
- Teach your little learner to be kind and compassionate, and to be interested in what other children have to say.
- Always answer your child’s questions and explain differences in a positive way. Make sure they know that difference and diversity enriches the world around us. Explain how boring life could be if everyone was the same.
- Read together to learn about differences in cultures, traditions and abilities. Many children’s books are designed to teach young children about different types of people. Let your child relate to the characters in the book and ask questions.
- Share positive messages about friendship and explain that friends don’t always have to be alike or to like the same things.
At Cherry Bridge Station Early Learning and Childcare we believe that all children should be treated equally and that their cultural and linguistic diversity should be embraced, acknowledged, and celebrated. We actively encourage our families to share their culture, languages, routines and experiences.
We believe that fostering healthy attitudes from the start will allow children to practice the acceptance and understanding that will guide them through a lifetime of well-informed open-mindedness.
Children are not born with prejudices or preconceived ideas of equality, or how other people should treat one another and our little learners of today will become champions for a fairer and more inclusive future for everyone.