Practice Note on Beliefs and Biases
Practice Notes support Registered Early Childhood Educators (RECEs) in understanding and applying the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice (2017) by examining a specific topic and providing practice guidance.
Standard IV says that RECEs understand the value of reflective practice and leadership development and how continuous professional learning supports their professional growth and contributes to improving the quality of early childhood education for children, families and communities (B.3).
RECEs have an ethical responsibility to be equitable, inclusive and respectful of diversity. To uphold their responsibilities to children, families, colleagues and the profession, RECEs need to critically reflect on how their beliefs and biases influence their professional practice.
This practice note is designed to support you in the ongoing process of identifying and addressing your beliefs and biases. This process can help you make subtle or significant changes that improve your practice and the experience of children, families and colleagues.
To deepen your thinking and understanding of beliefs and biases, here is a Reflection Guide to help you.
There are many sections in this Practice Note — start with whichever topic area catches your interest:
Practice Note references
Other useful resources
Amplifying Voices: a blog series (previously known as Elevating Voices)
Amplifying Voices — Racism, it hurts
Anti-racism as part of your Continuous Professional Learning
Black Experience and Disabled Childhoods: Comparison of Federal and Provincial Policies (2020) to further understand the experiences of Black Canadians and their children.
Celebrating Black History: February and forever
CPL Resource: Reflective Practice and Self-Directed Learning
Diversity and inclusion on Council — a conversation with Nerene Virgin
Does learning about anti-Black racism count as a professional learning activity? Absolutely!
Effective governance: why diversity on Council is critical
Practice Guideline on Inclusion of Children with Disabilities
Practice Guideline on Professionalism
Practice Note on Ethical Decision Making
Practice Note on Professional Judgment
Reflection Guide on Beliefs and Biases