Culture and Diversity Quick Tip Sheets

A Guide for Newcomer Parents About School in Canada

The Canadian Multicultural Education Foundation has a guide that will help to address some of the questions that immigrant and refugee parents may have about the school system in Canada, and give them the opportunity to address how their parenting role may be different in Canada than it was in their home country.

Creating a Welcoming Program for Newcomer Children

After the trauma of fleeing their home country, refugee families need safe and stable environments. To create this kind of “safe haven”, programs can develop a space where children can hear English but are not pushed to use it, and where they can observe activities and are encouraged to join in but are not required to. Learn about the many other things you can do to reduce stress and help ease this difficult transition for families.

Dual Language Learning or Speech Delay?

When a child in your program is taking longer than expected to speak English, or when a child is non-verbal even in their home language, it’s natural to feel concerned. Referring a child for help may be necessary, but before you do so there are some important things to keep in mind, and some strategies you can try. This tip sheet is available in English and French.

Encouraging Parents to Use the Child’s Home Language

While children are learning English in your Care for Newcomer Children program, it’s important that you encourage parents to continue using the child’s native language at home. There are many benefits to doing so, which include improved fluency in both the native language and in English, strengthened family bonds and more. This tip sheet is available in English and French.

Inclusion: What Does It Mean in Care for Newcomer Children?

In Care for Newcomer Children (CNC), inclusion means that children can attend and benefit from the same program regardless of their diverse abilities. Inclusion removes barriers in order to allow all children—regardless of race, background or special needs—to fully participate. It requires full collaboration between administrators, CNC staff, families and specialists to ensure that the needs of all children are met. Find out more in this tip sheet, available in English and French.

Managing Separation Anxiety in Infant Care

One of the main goals in the infant program is to establish a sense of trust between one primary care staff and a maximum of three infants. Consequently, the way separation anxiety is handled is very important. A strong emotional bond is essential for early learning. This tip sheet is available in English and French.