Building Futures: Developing trust – A focus on provision for children from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller backgrounds in the EYFS
This resource invites practitioners across the whole range of Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) settings to reflect on the quality of their provision for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) children and their families.
The resource is set within the context of the themes, principles and commitments of EYFS. It is one of a set of materials that aim to increase practitioners' knowledge and understanding of potentially vulnerable groups, so that providers give informed consideration to their particular circumstances and requirements.
To consider the wider context for equalities, it will be helpful for leaders, managers and practitioners in settings, as well as local authority officers, to refer to the Early Years Single Equality Strategy (Early Years Equality, March 2008) Early Years equality
Applying this resource and the term ‘parent’
The information and ideas contained in this document may be applicable to practise with other families who may be at risk of underachievement.
Both parents and carers of children are included in the term 'parent' when used in this booklet.
Early Years practitioners can find out how this resource will support them when teaching children from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller backgrounds, including how to address racism and hostility towards the children.
As an Early Years practitioner, do not underestimate the influence you can have on the lives of children and families. Find here a list of things that you can do to help.
This overview can help Early Years practitioners inform and develop their understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage themes and principles.
Early Years practitioners can learn about improving ascription by reading this excerpt from Moving forward together: Raising Gypsy, Roma and Traveller achievement, Booklet 1: Introduction.
Early Years practitioners can find case studies which address a looked-after child who was exposed to racism, and a nursery and children's centre that encouraged involvement from a Roma community.
You can refer to these print and online sources to supplement this resource.