Developing diversity competency
Diversity competence involves fostering an understanding of how each person’s culture and family surrounding shapes their values, behaviour, beliefs and basic assumptions.
This means recognising that everyone is shaped by their family and cultural background. This inevitably influences how children interpret the world around them, perceive themselves and relate to other people from a very young age.
For these reasons, it is important to develop an awareness of how an educator’s own cultural norms and practices impact their beliefs and to find out more about all of the different families, cultures and ethnicities represented in the kindergarten setting (Crouch S. , Waters, McNair, Power, & Davis, 2012).
Understanding one’s own assumptions and personal beliefs can help educators be more self- aware and effective in responding to prejudice and discrimination.