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Scenario 1: A parent of a child in your toddler’s room discloses to you that the family are practicing Jehovah’s Witnesses. They do not wish the child to be involved in celebrations of any kind within the program as it is against their beliefs. But they do not want their child to feel left out or upset by this.

How would you accommodate this request, whilst ensuring the child is supported?

How will you tell the children?

How will you tell other staff? 

What will happen to the child when another child has a birthday?



Scenario 2: A staff member is participating in Ramadan as part of her religious beliefs and practices. She has told the Coordinator that it is difficult for her to work past 3pm as she gets tired as she is fasting. Her roster has been changed to allow her to leave at three until Ramadan is over.

You overhear other staff complaining about this in the staff room.

How do you respond?

What could you do or say?

Would you need to notify your coordinator/management?



Scenario 3: A family advises their 18 month old child is a Vegan as are the rest of the family. Your centre nutrition policy states that this diet is not recommended for young children and may affect development. The family insist that there were no issues with their older children being on this diet and their beliefs about sustainability and preventing animal cruelty are very important to them. This challenges your beliefs and you do not agree with what the family are doing.

How could you become more culturally competent in this situation?

Are there alternatives, where could you find information?

How could you ensure the correct nutritional requirements for the child?

How do you ensure the child feels supported?




Scenario 4: A mother discloses to you that she finds the Centre newsletter and notices difficult to read, as she is not confident in reading English as it is not her home language. The family have been attending the service for about six months and you had been wondering why they had not attended some important events. She finds this embarrassing and asks for you to maintain her confidence as she doesn’t want everyone to know.

How do you respond? How could you support the mother?

What can you do to ensure this family knows what is happening at the centre and informed about important information and dates? (Think of a range of strategies that do not compromise her confidence.)



Scenario 5: You are helping the children in the 4 year old group to settle at the tables for morning tea, when a child approaches you and says that another child has said that she doesn’t want to sit next to her because she has ‘dirty skin’.

This is the first time this has occurred and you have not noticed any previous remarks of this nature within the group.

How do you respond?

What might you need to consider?

How could you support the children concerned?

What would you do to follow up from this incident to ensure an anti-bias environment?




Scenario 6: Yusuf, an early childhood educator, overhears one of his colleagues making racist remarks to an Aboriginal child who attends the centre. He is concerned about his colleague’s conduct and raises the matter with the centre’s director and asks her to do something about it. The Director is finding it difficult to attract staff and the person Yusuf is complaining about is a long standing employee and will often fill in at short notice so she decides to ignore what Yusuf has told her. Yusuf complains again as the behaviour has continued and the finds his shifts are cut back.

What would you have done in Yusuf’s situation?

List the steps you would have taken and also the laws that have been breached in this situation.

Would you speak to the child’s parents? Why? Why not?


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