Case study 1
Skye is an educator. She suffers from severe anxiety and is afraid that if she tells her director, Karly, she will stop her from working.
Karly has questioned why Skye cannot attend an excursion they are taking. The whole group is taking a bus trip to the supermarket. Skye is very anxious about this and does not think she can attend, as she is likely to have a panic attack. Travelling on a bus is one of her phobias.
- What type of marginalisation might Skye’s needs be identified as?
- What should Skye do to seek assistance and guidance from someone else?
- Do you believe Skye’s emotional state is a reason for her to lose her job?
Case study 2
Amy is working in the toddler room with eight children who are quite busy and noisy. On several occasions throughout the morning, you overhear Amy telling Ty, a Vietnamese boy, that he cannot join in with the play of the other children. After she has told him this on two different occasions, you then hear her say to Ty, ‘Go and find something else to do, you wouldn’t understand what the children are doing here anyway‘, and pointing to the direction of the other side of the room. Ty looks confused and continues watching the other children play. Amy then says ‘Asian children don’t build with blocks, go and do some cooking in the home corner’.
- Do you believe Amy’s attitude towards Ty was discriminative? If so, on what grounds?
- What should you say to Amy after hearing her speak to Ty in this way?
- What should be done in this situation to help support Ty and the other children from this happening again, and who should be told?
- Has Amy has breached her responsibilities and not carried out her job role adequately? If so, explain why.