‘All families are important and should be welcomed and valued in all settings’
Families are all different. Children may live with one or both parents, with other
relatives or careers, with same sex parents or in an extended family.’
Try to involve the whole family in the work of your setting. Fathers often feel that
childcare issues are best dealt with by the child’s mum. Ensure correspondence/newsletters
etc to parents are addressed to Dads as well, where applicable.
Consider how you will communicate with parents that speak/understand little English.
It may be necessary to write detailed notes in a contact diary that another family
member can translate for them at home and write notes back to you.
Support minded children to learn to communicate either by learning words in a different
language or by signing. Ensure that they are supported to include all children in
their games and activities.
‘All practitioners will benefit from professional development in diversity, equality
and anti-discriminatory practice whatever the ethnic, cultural or social make-up
of the setting.’
BCMA strongly recommend that Childminders attend any training that is available to
them. Further professional development may be gained from reading books and web