Unit 3: Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in early year’s settings
1.3 Describe how prejudice and discrimination may affect a child’s life chances
Discrimination is where you place barriers, whether they are physical, verbal or emotional that prevent certain people from gaining access to advancement or improvement of services the same as other people.
Prejudice is often used to refer to preconceived, usually unfavorable, judgments toward people or a person because of gender, political opinion, social class, age, disability, religion, sexuality, race ,ethnicity, language, nationality, or other personal characteristics.
There are four areas of potential effect discrimination has:
Signs of poor health may manifest. Self-harming, Bullying might become physical and other types of abuse.
Emotional scars seem to run deep and are not healed easily, leading to a loss of self worth, Could lead to physical signs of trauma
Lack of friends, social exclusion, no one to talk to about interests or plans for now and the future, being treated as though someone doesn't belong. Could lead to more emotional harm, physical harm, intellectual harm, etc.
Not wanting to learn, withdrawing from places of learning. Not wanting to be around others unsafe behaviours.
A child who is experiencing prejudice and discrimination of some kind will find it will impact on the child’s self esteem social development, and emotional development as the child will feel left out and they will feel that they are not good enough, being sad all the time, being shy, afraid to say what they truly want, unable to express their feelings being withdrawn which will affect their learning , as the child will not feel a part of their group as they will not want to be there in the class this will hold the child behind educationally as the child might not know the answer to a certain question that has been asked to them , but because of not feeling