Early Childhood Studies Degree Network Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Strategy of Intent
The Early Childhood Studies Degrees Network is an ever-evolving network which campaigns for a high-status early childhood graduate profession. We have a commitment to valuing and respecting the diversity of everyone including undergraduates, graduates, academics, and our external partners within the network and making sure that this is put at the heart of our mission and aim of the network.
We are aware that inequality exists in society, with far reaching effects on education, health, and life chances. Let us explore how the Early Childhood Studies Degrees Network is going to work with our Higher Education Partners to support an agenda within Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion:
- We will respect the individual characteristics of identity with all people within our network, not just those within minoritized groups.
- We will uphold everyone’s identity, values and unique funds of knowledge that are built up over time by respecting the practices of everyone’s community.
- We will challenge and reflect on bias. Continuing to challenge any bias and misconceptions, practices and experiences that requires active listening to current realities.
- We will continue to be a voice for Social Justice in relation to Early Childhood, Widening Participation and giving a platform for oppressed voices within our network.
- We will uphold the 9 protected characteristics of the Equality Act of 2010: These are age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation.
- We will create safe spaces where research, our speakers, student voices can be critiqued and questioned and advocated in areas such as Social Justice, Anti-racism, LGBTQ representation, Queer theory, and Feminism.
- We will endeavour to make every effort that our committees, speakers, publications, and curriculums will have representation from a diverse range of voices including the most oppressed within our society.