I want young girls and boys to know that they are in control of their destinies, that having an education is the most important factor in starting that journey and I want them to know where to go for advice. Choice, respect and independence are values that are central to the ethos of my nurseries. It is an outlook on life to nurture and practice, so that all genders, all sexual orientations, all people of all cultures live with each other harmoniously and respectfully.
There are some small changes can everyone make, right now, to help to break down stereotypes and allow our children freedom of choice and they are nuances that we promote within our nurseries daily:
- Actively challenge stereotypes when you hear them? Why can’t boys dress up as princesses?
- Use inclusive language like ‘their’ rather than ‘his’ or ‘hers’ and use gender neutral names for roles such as ‘police officer’
- How do we describe children? Are the boys being boisterous today? Avoid terms like this and use more gender neutral descriptors
- And as educators, we must stop dividing our classes into groups of ‘boys and girls’ but find other, gender neutral ways to create groups, like alphabetically, or by age
It’s time to change. At Yorkshire Montessori we pride ourselves in creating a safe space for children to develop however they want to. Find out more by booking a virtual tour today.