Is it great to celebrate? Exploring the celebration debate!
The cultural, linguistic & religious diversity of Australia inevitably presents itself in our education and care settings. Consequently, we need to be developing & delivering culturally inclusive and authentic programs that reflect the diversity of our classrooms and are meaningful to our children & families.
Celebrations are a very important aspect of culture (being either religious, festive, historical or nationally based), however, quite often Educators view celebrations as challenging on various levels.
The common challenges we hear about include:
Diversity Kids believes that “it’s great to celebrate!”. Challenges and concerns can be unpacked and worked through. With reflection, consultation, collaboration, some guiding tips & strategies, the celebration journey can be a meaningful, authentic, inclusive, educational and fun learning experience for everyone involved.
Tips & ideas to consider when planning celebrations:
What happens when families do not want their children to participate in particular celebrations?
Quite often, families do not want their children to participate in particular celebrations, for various reasons (eg contradiction of moral or religious views). Policies should respects the right of families and children to not participate in celebrations and families who do not wish to be involved in celebrations should have options for ‘opting out’. Offer appropriate alternatives for children and families who chose not to participate in celebrations.
M. Casley, Celebrating With Children: A Cultural Perspective, Diversity in Child Care Queensland, STTAR Program, 2001.
M. Tsambouniaris, Festivals and Celebrations, Bankstown Early Integration and Networking Group, 2004
Extract from Putting Children First, the magazine of the National Childcare Accreditation Council (NCAC) Issue 33, March 2010 (pages 17-19), Genuine Celebrations: Including cultural experiences in the program.
Cultural Connections, Child Australia, 2017