Inclusion and equality in early years and childcare

The Early Years Inclusion and Childcare Service established a working party in June 2020 following the death of George Floyd and are committed to stand up against racism and promote racial diversity and inclusion.

The working party’s aims are to support our service and the early years and childcare sector with: 

  • Supporting colleagues, children and families to identify and challenge racism and discrimination
  • Promoting equality, diversity and inclusion among our staff and by championing the rights and needs of children and adults in the communities we serve.
  • Working within the Equality Act to ensure that everyone is treated fairly based on their protected characteristics.
  • Sharing key messages and resources that promote equality, inclusion and diversity
  • Supporting anti-racist practice in the early years and childcare sector

Bitesize videos

The following links are the you tube videos mentioned in the starting the conversation bitesize which will help you develop your knowledge further:

Audits and toolkits

Children’s attitudes and views are formed from their earliest years. The anti-racism audit tool is designed to support you to identify and strengthen good anti-racist practice through six inclusive principles.

The following bitesize videos provide you with an introduction to anti-racist practice and an opportunity to see the principles in practice at early years settings:


A toolkit for practitioners working with children and young people.


Reporting incidents

The document below contains a hate incident recording form and a pathway summary chart for action to be taken.

Key messages for parents

Audio and video

Adults resources

Visits to places of worship

We have produced simple resources for you to use to develop your own knowledge about other places of worship in the community. The PowerPoint slides have been developed from our learning at each place of worship. We respect that there is diversity within faiths and individual beliefs.

Children's resources

Stonewall have created a book list for children and young people to enjoy. They've been created with age ranges in mind. Select the links within the page to find the most appropriate age band for your readers from 2 years old to 15+. The list is ever growing and updated.

  • All about Diversity by Felicity Brookes Mar Ferrero – ISBN-13 : 978-1474986649
  • Children’s Empowerment in Play by Natalie Canning –  ISBN : 1138322296
  • Daddy do my hair by Tola Okogwu – ISBN- 13 : 978-1398511460
  • Lulu’s First Day by Anna McQuinn – ISBN- 13 : 978-1907825217
  • My First Heroes Black History - Campbell Books – ISBN-10 : 1529062624
  • My Skin, Your Skin: An early introduction to Race and Racism by Laura Henry-Allain – ISBN-13 ‏: ‎978-0241512739
  • So Much by Trish Cooke – ISBN-13 : 978-1406390728
  • We are together by Britta Teckentrup – ISBN-13 : 978-1848578562