Celebrating Inclusion and Cultural Diversity

Inclusion is the process by which we value all individuals, recognising their unique attributes, qualities and ways of being. Central to good inclusive practice are children’s rights. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, (1989) outlines the basic human rights to which children up to the age of eighteen everywhere are entitled: the right to survival; the right to the development of their full physical and mental potential; the right to protection from influences that are harmful to their development; and the right to participation in family, cultural and social life. The Convention protects these rights by setting minimum standards that governments must meet in providing health care, education and legal and social services to children in their countries.

At Meadowbank Day Nursery we have developed our ethos, policies and practices to include all learners with the aim of meeting their individual needs and to ensure inclusive practice.

Providers have a responsibility to ensure positive attitudes to diversity and difference – not only so that every child is included and not disadvantaged, but also so that they learn from the earliest age to value diversity in others and grow up making a positive contribution to society.

(DCSF, 2008, p. 9)

All children, irrespective of ethnicity, culture or religion, home language, family background, learning difficulties or disabilities, gender or ability should have the opportunity What does inclusion and diversity mean and why does it matter? to experience a challenging and enjoyable programme of learning and development.

(DCSF, 2008, p. 10)