The Early Years Foundations Stage framework promotes from an early age, children’s ability to learn about identity and culture, supporting them to develop a positive sense of themselves and others.
Why it is important?
- Children are never too young to start to learn about their own identity and culture and that of others (at developmentally appropriate stages).
- A positive sense of identity is crucial to the development of self-esteem and confidence and also helps children to recognise and accept differences in others.
- Through interaction and experiences with others, children learn that they have similarities and differences that connect them to, and distinguish them from, other people.
- They learn that not everyone looks the same, speaks the same, enjoys the same things or feels the same way as them. They learn about similarities and differences between their peers, families, communities and traditions.
- It is important to be aware that negative attitudes towards difference can be learned from examples that children witness.
How we can support this
Nursery teachers play a vital role in supporting children by providing them with a wide range of fascinating and positive experiences, engaging in conversations with children to help them become more aware of and sensitive to how we are different from each other. Celebrating how we are all unique and different supports children’s growing understanding and love for the precious, diverse world in which we live.
Encourage children to
- Try new and different experiences and give them opportunities to play with other children
- Talk about their own home and community life and find out about other children’s experiences.
Provide activities and opportunities for children to share experiences and knowledge from different parts of their lives with each other:
- When you can (or via an online platform or video)
- Invite people from a range of cultural backgrounds into the setting to talk about aspects of their lives or the things they do in their work
- Invite children and families with experiences of living in other countries to bring in photographs and objects from their home cultures including those from family members living in different areas of Hungary and abroad.
- Provide songs, rhymes and musical instruments from a wide range of cultures
- Introduce different traditional foods at snack and meal times