Inclusive Curriculum

Inclusive practice is a teaching approach that recognises children’s diversity and uses this to ensure all children receive equal treatment, opportunities, and respect. Adopting inclusive practices is vital for ensuring that all children, despite their background or who they are, have an equal opportunity to succeed.

Inclusion and inclusive practice in the early years is about practices which ensure that everyone “belongs”: the children and their parents and/or carers, staff and any other people connected with the early years setting in some way.

Every child is unique and will develop at their own pace, so it is not about treating all children in exactly the same way but treating each child fairly and paying attention to their individual backgrounds, interests and needs.

Equal Opportunities Policy
We are committed to provide equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice, ensuring every child is included and supported. Our ethos is to ensure positive attitudes to diversity and difference, so that every child is included and not disadvantaged because of ethnicity, culture or religion, home language, family background, special educational needs, disability, gender or ability.

We meet the individual needs of all children by:
·       Valuing each child for whom they are and recognising differences; so they feel understood whatever their ability, ethnic background or gender.
·       Valuing each child’s culture by making connections between experiences at home, my setting and the wider community.
·       Talking to parents and/or carers about their child’s progress and development, planning appropriate support where identified.
·       Delivering personalised learning and care to help children get the best possible start in life.
We monitor the effectiveness of our inclusive practice by:
·       Listening to and valuing all children in my setting, ensuring they have a voice.
·       Observing children in my setting and assessing whether the learning environment encourages inclusive practice.
·       Ensuring my knowledge about different cultural groups is kept up-to- date.
·       Actively avoiding gender stereotyping and challenging any expression of prejudice or discrimination by children or adults.
We promote and value diversity and difference by:
·       Being positive about differences between people and support children’s acceptance of difference.
·       Celebrating and valuing cultural, religious and community events and experiences.
·       Providing resources which represent children’s diverse backgrounds and avoid negative stereotypes.
·       Providing positive images of all children, including disabilities.
·       Supporting children’s understanding of difference and empathy encouraging positive attitudes and challenge negative attitudes with the use of props such as puppets and dolls to tell stories about diverse experiences, ensuring that negative stereotyping is avoided.
·       Encouraging children to talk about their own home/ community life
·       Strengthening the positive impressions children have of their own cultures and faiths, and those in their community, by sharing and celebrating a range of practices and special events.
·       Visiting different parts of the local community.
·       Providing role-play areas with a variety of resources reflecting diversity.
·       Sharing stories that reflect the diversity of children’s experiences
·       Ensuring that children learning English as an additional language have opportunities to express themselves in their home language some of the time.
·       Taking reasonable steps to provide opportunities for children to develop and use their home language in play and learning, supporting their language development at home. I must also ensure that children have sufficient opportunities to learn and reach a good standard in English language.

In our setting, we celebrate over 150 festivals, events, and special days from all around the world! We ask the children what they want to learn and we ask the parents what they celebrate at home. And here it is, our inspirational learning adventure for 2023 full of opportunities, curiosity, and excitement!

Festivals and Celebrations around the world in 2023

4th Jan 2023 World Braille Day
18th Jan 2023 Winnie the Pooh Day
21st Jan 2023 Red Squirrel Appreciation Day
22nd Jan 2023 Chinese New Year
24th Jan 2023 International Day of Education
28th Jan 2023 International LEGO Day
31st Jan 2023 International Zebra Day

2nd Feb 2023 World Play Your Ukulele Day
7th Feb 2023 Safer Internet Day
12th Feb 2023 Darwin Day
13th Feb 2023 World Radio Day
14th Feb 2023 St. Valentine’s Day
17th Feb 2023 Random Acts of Kindness Day
21st Feb 2023 Pancake Day
27th Feb 2023 International Polar Bear Day

1st Mar 2023 St. David’s Day
1st Mar 2023 Baba Marta Day (Bulgaria)
2nd Mar 2023 World Book Day
3rd Mar 2023 World Wildlife Day
17th Mar 2023 Red Nose Day
17th Mar 2023 St. Patrick’s Day
18th Mar 2023 Global Recycling Day
19th Mar 2023 Mother’s Day (UK)
20th Mar 2023 World Frog Day
21st Mar 2023 Early Music Day
22nd Mar 2023 World Water Day
29th Mar 2023 Piano Day
31st Mar 2023 Wear A Hat Day

1st Apr 2023 April Fool’s Day
2nd Apr 2023 World Autism Awareness Day
7th Apr 2023 Good Friday
9th Apr 2023 Unicorn Day
10th Apr 2023 Easter Monday
18th Apr 2023 World Heritage Day
22nd Apr 2023 Earth Day
23rd Apr 2023 St. George’s Day
25th Apr 2023 Penguin Day
29th Apr 2023 International Dance Day
30th Apr 2023 International Jazz Day

3rd May 2023 World Laughter Day
6th May to 13th May 2023 National Sun Awareness Week
6th May 2023 Coronation of King Charles III
12th May 2023 International Nurses Day
14th May 2023 National Children’s Day UK
18th May 2023 International Museum Day
20th May 2023 World Bee Day
23rd May 2023 World Turtle Day
25th May 2023 Africa Day
29th May 2023 National Biscuit Day

1st Jun 2023 World Milk Day
1st Jun 2023 Global Day of Parents
3rd Jun 2023 World Bicycle Day
5th Jun 2023 Sausage Roll Day
5th Jun 2023 World Environment Day
8th Jun 2023 World Ocean Day
17th Jun 2023 The King’s Official Birthday
18th Jun 2023 Father’s Day
21st Jun 2023 Make Music Day
21st Jun 2023 World Giraffe Day

4th Jul 2023 American Independence Day
7th Jul 2023 World Chocolate Day
14th Jul 2023 Bastille Day
14th Jul 2023 Shark Awareness Day
20th Jul 2023 World Chess Day
29th Jul 2023 Global Tiger Day
31st Jul 2023 Harry Potter’s Birthday

4th Aug 2023 International Owl Awareness Day
8th Aug 2023 International Cat Day
9th Aug 2023 Rice Pudding Day
10th Aug 2023 World Lion Day
12th Aug 2023 World Elephant Day
13th Aug 2023 Left Handers Day
14th Aug 2023 World Lizard Day
19th Aug 2023 International Orangutan Day
19th Aug 2023 World Photo Day
26th Aug 2023 International Dog Day

6th Sep 2023 Read a Book Day
8th Sep 2023 International Literacy Day
9th Sep 2023 Teddy Bear Day
18th Sep 2023 Read An Ebook Day
19th Sep 2023 Talk Like A Pirate Day
23rd Sep 2023 International Day of Sign Languages
24th Sep 2023 World Rivers Day
24th Sep 2023 International Rabbit Day

1st Oct to 31st Oct 2023 Black History Month
1st Oct 2023 Coffee Day
4th Oct to 10th Oct 2023 World Space Week
5th Oct 2023 World Smile Day
10th Oct 2023 Grandparents Day UK
15th Oct 2023 International Archaeology Day
21st Oct 2023 Apple Day
21st Oct 2023 World Singing Day
31st Oct 2023 Halloween

3rd Nov 2023 World Jellyfish Day
5th Nov 2023 Guy Fawkes Night
11th Nov 2023 Remembrance Day
12th Nov 2023 Diwali
13th Nov 2023 World Kindness Day
21st Nov 2023 World Hello Day
30th Nov 2023 St. Andrew’s Day

3rd Dec 2023 International Day of People with Disabilities
7th Dec to 15th Dec 2023 Hanukkah
8th Dec 2023 Bodhi Day
21st Dec 2023 National Robin Day
24th Dec 2023 Christmas Eve
31st Dec 2023 New Year’s Eve