The outward signs of different cultures that everyone can identify are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to cultural awareness. Culture is a complex concept, and can often lead to distorted views, stereotyping and prejudice – notions that need to be eliminated from any workplace, irrespective of what industry you work in. As an early years practitioner, elimination of these concepts within your childcare setting should be constantly high on your agenda.
Understand All Cultural Aspects
For true cultural awareness, you need to understand the social aspects, values and morals, as well as the outward signs of individuality. It’s also important to try and understand the challenges that many people have to face on a daily basis, as they try and live harmoniously alongside other cultures. Workplaces that are deemed to excel in cultural awareness appreciate the benefits of diversity and include every group in decision making processes. They are also understanding, empathetic and committed to providing equality for all. This course can help you to apply this ethos to your childcare or educational setting.
Diversity is Important
Upon completion of this course, you will be one step closer to ensuring positive attitudes, so that every child can feel included, but also to help the children, and adults, in your setting learn that diversity is an important aspect of a rounded society. Embrace our cultural differences, and be the positive role model that your learning environment deserves!
Key Learning Points
This course would be appropriate for all individuals who work within any early years setting, although it is primarily aimed at practitioners within the nursery environment.
- Understand that cultural awareness is a vital component when supporting diversity, equality and inclusion.
- Appreciate every aspect of a person’s culture, from the outward signs to their values and morals. Recognise some of the challenges that people have to face when trying to live alongside other cultures.
- Recognise the cultural similarities and differences, and the importance of them within the childcare environment, as a requirement of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
- Learn how to provide refugee and asylum seeker support using the relevant advice packs available to early years practitioners.
- Understand the content of the EYFS 2008 Principles into Practice cards that cover ‘personal, social and emotional development’, and ‘knowledge and understanding of the world’. These are available to be downloaded online via the Department for Education (DfE) website, but should also be available at your workplace.
- Appreciate the notion that there is no best culture, only different ones. Apply this to the workplace ethos.
Advantages of this course
- Work your way through the course material at your own pace; there are no official deadlines and there’s no need to rush. Simply log in and complete the various tasks as and when it suits you.
- Plenty of varied learning resources, including presentations, activity sheets and quizzes, to help you through the module in a way that suits your individual learning style.
- Add this course to your CV to boost your promotion and employment prospects.
- Extend your knowledge even further with extra learning that is available as part of the unit content, from activities and tasks to recommended reading and websites.
- Finish the unit with a bang, by passing the multiple choice assessment with flying colours.
- Watch videos of good practice examples, so that you can visually appreciate the importance of cultural awareness and the impact of encouraging children to be proud of their heritage and culture.
Build on your expertise as a childcare professional and gain insight into the importance of cultural awareness within a childcare environment, by signing up to this course today!
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