Childminders celebrate Diwali

Childminders celebrate Diwali

Diwali is the five-day festival of lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world.

This year, the festival began on 5 November 2018 with the main day of celebrations taking place on Wednesday 7 November 2018 and childminders have been busy celebrating the occasion with their children. 

Pictured to the left is Renfrewshire SCMA member Catherine Young with her minded children celebrating Diwali. They are having great fun learning about different cultures, how they are celebrated and tasting spicy and sweet foods.  

At Aunt Cathy's Childminding Service in North Lanarkshire, the children enjoyed making Barfi sweets to celebrate Diwali. They do look truly scrumptious! 

It is worth remembering that childminders have a responsibility to promote equality, value diversity and work inclusively, supporting young children to value equality and diversity.

Children need to feel valued and learn to respect one another.  Today, young children are raised in a society with many sources of cultural diversity. The difficulties that a child has with being ‘different’ are not the result of the difference but of the ways people see them. 

If you would like to learn more about Equality of Opportunity then SCMA run an e-Learning course, which has been developed for childminders who wish to gain an understanding on all aspects of equal opportunities which directly affect their childminding practice.

The course aims to give childminders the support needed to:
Understand and recognise equality of opportunity issues.
Explore good practice in relation to childminding.
Identify and challenge discriminatory practice.

To find out more about the course CLICK HERE.