CitationWilloughby, M. (2004). Every Child Matters: Developing Anti-Discriminatory Practice in Early Childhood Services. https://knowledge.barnardos.ie/handle/20.500.13085/652
AbstractAll children are entitled to equality of access and to
opportunities to enjoy and to learn within a stimulating
and safe care environment. Children need to feel valued
and to be protected from discrimination.
Childcare providers can play a significant part in tackling
discrimination - they can be proactive in supporting
attitudinal and behavioural change within society.
An anti-discriminatory emphasis on play opportunities
for children can encourage and develop positive
attitudes to difference including gender, ethnicity1,
culture, religion, language, sexual orientation, age, ability,
disability and social circumstances. By challenging
discriminatory practices and providing positive models
and images for children from a young age, childcare
providers can do a great deal towards tackling prejudice
both within their service and in their wider community.