Rainbow families and early years teachers: Planning for participation, diversity and respect.
A cornerstone of early years teachers’ work is their ability to develop partnerships with diverse families which are beneficial to young children’s educational experiences. But just acknowledging that partnerships are important won’t magic them into existence; teachers and families together must work at creating education settings that invite participation, protect diversity and promote respect. In this workshop, we will explore some of the unique challenges faced by early years teachers and rainbow families as they enter into partnerships within schools and early childhood centres. Whilst this workshop is likely to generate more questions than definitive answers, from our discussions participants will have the opportunity to think about their own education settings with a view to implementing practices that respond positively to rainbow families.