09 Aug Cultural Diversity for Children
Here at KingKids we are Incredibly lucky to have Educators from all around the world and children and families. It is important to respect each other’s cultural identity, as it is what makes us feel a sense of belonging. It is also important to respect and value our families and their cultural backgrounds.
What does cultural diversity look like for children?
Children’s connection to their culture develops through their experiences. In particular, warm and secure emotional connections with the adults who care for them help children connect with their cultural identity. Having a strong sense of their own cultural history and the traditions associated with it helps children build a positive cultural identity for themselves. This also supports children’s sense of belonging and their mental health and wellbeing.
Early childhood is also the time when children first become aware of differences among people and start to form opinions and attitudes about these differences (e.g., understanding the difference between a family member and a stranger or knowing the difference between males and females). This awareness also means young children are sensitive to experiences of racism and prejudice. This can impact on their social and emotional wellbeing, their learning and their social relationships.
Children’s ideas about, and responses to, diversity are influenced by their age as well as what they see and hear around them. Young children are naturally curious about differences and one of the ways they make sense of their world is to sort things into different categories and focus on one thing at a time (e.g., whether another child has the same or different skin colour to them). Children do this as a way to organise their experiences. Talking with children about differences allows them to feel good about who they are and appreciate diversity in themselves and others.
Did you know:
- Birthdays can be an important cultural event and an important way to recognise children’s identity and their family connection.
- Language fosters a sense of belonging, speaking to your child in your native language can help them feel more connected to their parents and relatives.
How can families bring their cultural diversity into your Centre?