5N1775 Equality and Diversity in Childcare

This module is an elective module of the Early Childhood Care and Education major award and is designed to enable the learner to facilitate optimal development of the child, ensuring benefit from education and care on an equal basis supporting diversity through promoting a sense of belonging and identity.

Learning Outcomes

• Explore equality and diversity concepts as relevant to Irish Society
• Analyse approaches to diversity education including , assimilation, multicultural, intercultural and anti-bias
• Explore equality and diversity terminology; including prejudice, discrimination, racism, sexism and abelism etc
• Examine current legislation on Equality and Diversity, to include Equality Legislation, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the UN International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination

• Examine the role of the adult in promoting children’s individual and group identity and their sense of belonging enabling the child to value uniqueness and difference

• Carry out an audit of the ECCE setting, activities and materials pertaining to equality and diversity for all children including the minority and majority child

• Analyse how adults and children can challenge bias and discrimination issues
• Explore ways of respecting equality and diversity requirements in relation to identity to include , language, gender, social class, disability, age, religion, dietary considerations, ethnic groups, Traveller community, marital status and sexual orientation

• Investigate the consequences of ignoring equality and diversity issues in the ECCE setting
• Reflect on own attitudes, values, beliefs and assumptions and their impact in relation to equality and diversity issues when working with children, families and team members.


• Project 50%
• Learner Record 50%


Successful completion of this component award enables the learner to transfer to programmes leading to other certificates where this component is an elective requirement