Why LGBTQIA+ representation matters in the Early Years

By Aaron Bradbury and Gary Coffey

(from familiy.co)

  • LGBTQIA+ Early Years Awareness Week is in it’s very first year, an idea Aaron Bradbury first had during the first lockdown in March 2020.
  • To help raise awareness, he and Gary Coffey have written about why we need to stop being afraid of having conversations about LGBTQIA+ representation in the resources, forms, and language we use in Early Years
  • You’ll get questions to ask families who identify as LGBTQIA+, ways you can make your environment more inclusive, and reflective questions to ask yourself in order to improve your practice.

The importance of representation within the Early Years is a subject of continual discussion.

What do we hope to add to that discussion? Well, we felt like we had heard from so many other professionals about the different ways that we should promote diversity and support children and families within the sector.

Yet, there wasn’t a lot of accessible information to help us explore why we do things the way we do when it comes to discussing LGBTQIA+ in the Early Years.

Some settings had even told us that they didn’t focus on this enough “in case the parents find out”. In fact, it’s something we hear a lot. We thought it was time to ask why, and what we can do about it.


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