Zero Tolerance Work on prevention within Early Years Sector
It is never too early to question what is seen as ‘normal’ or what is traditionally expected of boys and girls in our society. Indeed doing so from a very young age helps to protect children from the negative consequences of inequality and discrimination as they grow into adults. Zero Tolerance is seeking to mainstream gender equality through all early learning and childcare provision in Scotland including introducing the topic to pre-qualification practitioner training.
Alongside partners in the early years workforce we have undertaken a number of activities designed to bring about change in this area with the aim that gender equality is promoted from birth.
'Gender Equal Play in Early Learning and Childcare' Zero Tolerance & Care Inspectorate 2018 - This resource has been co-produced by the Care Inspectorate and Zero Tolerance in order to help practitioners enhance gender equality for children across all ELC settings. It has been developed for early years educators and it will also be helpful for parents, and anyone working with young children. It explains the importance of challenging gender stereotyping in the early years and provides ideas and examples of existing practice from across Scotland.
This research sets out what work is currently being carried out with young children aged 5-8 on encouraging healthy relationships.
This report is the result of a large scale survey Zero Tolerance undertook with over 1300 parents and caregivers on gender stereotyping and children.
Just Like a Child is a guide to preventing gender stereotyping in the early years is aimed at childcare professionals who work directly with very young children, and who are in contact with their parents and carers.