Culture and Diversity

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

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Expert Corner

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External Resources


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