Module 1 Outcome B: The student will learn about individual, cultural and other differences in school-age children, and will explain how this diversity can be valued.
- 170-297-6575 Activities to promote child growth and development.
- 170-297-6775 Diversity.
- 170-297-6000 Interactions with children.
This means that children from all ability levels, cultures, and family types are accepted and made to feel part of the program. In the US, school age care workers are likely to work with children whose experiences have been different from their own. In our society, racism, classism, sexism, ageism, and many other –isms are perpetuated by subtle and sometimes blatant messages coming from many different directions. As adults working with children, we often like to believe that we treat all children with equality. But it takes a great deal of self-questioning and awareness to be able to do this consistently, especially when working with children whose experiences are not like our own.
When observing children’s behavior, it is important to consider what you know about an individual child and his or her personal culture while at the same time being critical about any assumptions you might be making about that child and their family or culture.
Optional Online Resources for Further Study
Child Care Licensing Guidebook: Page 70
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