Children who are new to Canada bring with them a variety of experiences, language, traditions and cultures to share.
These need to be integrated, valued and appreciated in your child care program to reduce any culture shock, build self esteem, and ease settlement. Children also should see diversities, both in their own families and those of other Canadians, reflected in your programs.
A welcoming and inclusive program builds on the strengths of this diversity and encourages cooperation, exploration, imagination and learning.
Find informative and practical resources on subjects including culture, culture shock, separation anxiety and diversity:
Quick Tip Sheets
- A Guide for Newcomer Parents About School in Canada
- Four reasons children should learn their home language
- Creating a Welcoming Program for Newcomer Children
- Inclusion: What Does It Mean?
Quick reference, practical tip sheets relating to culture and diversity in the context of caring for newcomer children
- Supporting the Settlement of Young Immigrant Children and their Families by Julie Dotsch
- A Blueprint for Supporting Emergent Bilinguals in Your Program: Roma Chumak-Horbatsch’s Linguistically Appropriate Practice
- Making Room for Diversity in Your Program: Q&A with Valerie Rhomberg
- Incorporating Diversity – Julie Dotsch
Expert resources published by CMAS on the subject of culture and diversity
- What does it mean to be culturally competent?
- Podcast: Immigrant and Refugee Children in Childcare
- 60 Free Watercolours of Diverse Families
- How Can I Improve My Cultural Competence?
External publications and helpful links available through the CMAS website that deal with culture and diversity