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:
- New Online Tutorial- Understanding Children’s Settlement: The Basics
- 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
- Creating a Welcoming Program for Newcomer Children
Resources published by CMAS on the subject of culture and diversity
- Podcast: Building Positive Cultural Identities in the Preschool Classroom
- 3 Webinars to Support Your Work with Newcomer Children
- Voices Of Children Documentary
- Children take longer to learn two languages at once compared to just one — don’t fret
External publications and helpful links available through the CMAS website that deal with culture and diversity