We hear many stories of cultural differences around child rearing practices that conflict between home environment and child care setting expectations. Some examples include feeding, toileting, sleeping arrangements, attitudes to play, school readiness and disability.
In these instances, communication and information is the key. When we build strong, positive partnerships with families, hold cultural conversations, provide translated literature, or invite professional guest speakers to speak on these topics, attitudes usually change and mindsets shift.
Work through cultural challenges with open, flexible minds, collaborating or compromising with families and coming up with solutions that work for all parties. Create a sense of welcome, acceptance and belonging, where every child and family is visible and valued. Enable experiences that are meaningful, authentic and extensions of home environment.