Every child is different. You instinctively know that.
Where it gets trickier is knowing how to address the unique needs of each child in your care—especially when dealing with the diverse cultural backgrounds, languages, and expectations of immigrant and refugee families.
Your role as a child care professional is to adapt and balance your program’s activities and routines to meet both individual child and group needs. These programming choices, as well as each child’s progress, should be communicated with parents to build strong partnerships and ease settlement into your program and their new country.
This section includes information on working with newcomer families to develop individualized programming. It also includes practical, hands-on ideas for programs, space set-up and activities:
- Supporting The Settlement Of Young Immigrant Children And Their Families, by Julie Dotsch is now available online!
- CMAS Webinar: The Art of Storytelling with James Funnyhat
- CMAS Webinar: How the Environment You Create Affects a Child’s Behaviour
- CMAS Webinar- Communication: Looking Through the Lens of Behaviour
Resources published by CMAS to help you build great programs and activities for the immigrant and refugee children in your care
- National Indigenous History Month: Resources to Share with Children and Families
- 11 Children’s Books to Celebrate Pride Month
- Encouraging School Readiness Skills in Preschoolers
- 200+ activities ideas you can do at home with kids
External publications and helpful links available through the CMAS website on programs and activities for programs that serve newcomer children