This book has been developed according to the requirements of the Certificate III (CHCE30113) and Diploma (CHC50113) of Early Childhood Education and Care qualifications in Australia. It supports the unit of competency: CHCDIV001.
The book draws on the educational project of Reggio Emilia as a catalyst for thinking about the skills and knowledge required to work respectfully with people from diverse social and cultural groups and situations, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the early childhood context of Australia.
It acknowledges that educators have a responsibility to understand and appreciate diversity in early childhood services and should be aware of the concepts of cultural awareness, cultural safety and cultural competence. The definitions of these terms and how they are enacted, rights, ethics, equity and equality are all considered in this book.