7.1 Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)

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Equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) are fundamental in early years settings as children and families with varying worldviews participate in early learning services. Some families may be seeking a sense of community for their children and themselves, while others may be accessing early years services to enhance their child’s growth and development. Other families may require the services so they can attend work or school.

Educators balance their own worldviews through ongoing learning and reflection while seeking to understand the worldviews of families and co-workers. Embedded in this process is the ability to listen and be open-minded about different ways of living and being. Building relationships with families and co-workers sets a strong foundation for an equitable, diverse, and inclusive learning space.


Read UNICEF’s report to learn more about Canada’s ranking in its support of children’s well-being and its ranking in ensuring equity, diversity and inclusion compared to other countries.



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