Exploring family diversity in early years to ensure LGBT visibility

This workshop focuses on the diverse nature of families and how important it is to make sure everyone is represented. As family forms the basis of children’s identity, children need to see theirs reflected in the setting to ensure they feel included and valued as well as having an opportunity to see outside of their familiar reference points and into the lives of others.

Celebrating difference is crucial in challenging stereotyping, preventing prejudice and enabling children to be themselves and develop a positive sense of self and others. Our discussions will focus on same sex families, with the principles being relevant to all family types as well as other areas of diversity and equality.

 This session will:

  • Help us reflect on our own assumptions and use of language
  • Explore how to talk about different families (and therefore different adult relationships) in an age appropriate way
  • Consider how the environment supports and welcomes all children and families
  • Signpost resources to promote the diverse nature of families and challenge stereotyping
  • Provide support to help deal with any challenge or barriers encountered whilst promoting the diversity of families and relationships.

Links to the following Dimensions of the Bristol Standard:

  • D1 Values and Aims
  • D2 Relationships and Interactions
  • D3 Approaches to Play and Development
  • D6 Observation, planning and Record Keeping
  • D7 Staffing, Leadership and Management
  • D8 Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • D9 Partnership with Parents and the Wider Community
  • D10 Monitoring and Evaluation.


Course details

Date:October course full.
Cost:Free for Bristol-based Ofsted registered childcare workers and Bristol BAND members. £45 all others, 10% discount to non-Bristol BAND member groups.
Venue:BAND Office, Scrapstore House, Sevier Street, St. Werburghs, Bristol, BS2 9LB. View a map
Tutors:Lucy Rae & Alice Hoyle
Refreshments:Tea, coffee & squash provided. Please bring a packed lunch for daytime courses.
Funded by:BAND Ltd.
Please note:Bookings on booking form only, accompanied by separate cheques for each attendee payable to 'BAND Ltd' please. Places are limited to 15 (2 per setting), so book early!
Closing date:n/a