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Teaching kids the importance of kindness

By jack fifield, Wednesday Jul 8, 2020

Easton Community Children’s Centre is teaching pre-schoolers to about the recent protests and the value of being kind.

The early years organisation are teaching children that attend nursery about the Black Lives Matter protests in the city centre, which culminated in the removal of the statue of Edward Colston.

The children created protest signs which have been put on display outside the entrance to the nursery on Russell Town Avenue, next to a giant fabric rainbow the nearby nursery created in early April.

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Easton Community Children’s Centre is encouraging people visiting with children to view, and add to, the display.

The signs hang outside the nursery

Chantelle Douglas, an early years specialist, helped the children create the signs and spoke with them about the recent Black Lives Matter protests.

The children were shown a video of a peaceful protest, spoke about how to be kind to everyone and created the friendly signs.

“Inclusion and representation is something I have always been very passionate about and the recent protests seemed like a great opportunity to have a meaningful and relevant conversation about diversity with the children,” says Chantelle.

“Some of their parents have attended the march, making it even more relevant to the children and their experiences.”

Chantelle Douglas taught the children about the recent protests

The centre are using the protests as an opportunity to review their own way of working, with Chantelle saying: “We have used the recent protests as an opportunity to revisit and touch base with our current goals to ensure our practice is as representative and inclusive as possible.

“This has meant a lot of more upfront and ‘matter of fact’ conversations about how we are all different and how that is okay.”

Photos by Easton Community Children’s Centre.

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