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EARLY CHILDHOOD ON STAFFORD

CROSS CULTURAL POLICY        

         

Education [Early Childhood Centres] Regulations 2008:Subpart 2 43, 1a(iv)

Desirable Objectives and Practices [1996] Statement: 4b, 4c, 5b, 5c, 5d, 6, 10d

Rationale: Early Childhood on Stafford will acknowledge the beliefs, values and principles of the diverse cultures within our Community and will display a commitment to provide for this in our policies and practices.

  • Early Childhood on Stafford will identify all the cultures of their Centre families/whanau and will make them welcome.

  • Children will experience the diversity of cultures including their own and others. Posters with images of other cultures will be displayed.

  • Children will learn about the historical aspects of national festivals and cultural celebrations including Waitangi day, Easter, Anzac, Queens Birthday, Christmas and other festivals as celebrated by families/whanau

  • Access to supporting information and resources will be provided to enhance communication and participation. Staff will involve parents/whanau from non-English speaking cultures in the assessment and information sharing process.

  • The Directors will provide resource materials to help staff acknowledge the diverse beliefs, values and principles of cultures within our Centre.

  • Early Childhood on Stafford will support training applications from staff to further develop their knowledge of cultural diversity and will assist where possible in supporting initiatives that reduce barriers to participation.

Adopted:    September 2013             Review Date: October 2015

CROSS CULTURAL AWARENESS POLICY IN ACTION

If this Policy is being implemented effectively, then you should see the following happening in the Centre:

  • Posters with images of the differing cultures who attend the Centre are displayed.

  • Children’s names will be pronounced correctly

  • There will be social functions for families to share their cultures at times that are suitable to them.

  • From time to time your children will talk about events/celebrations they have been involved in e.g. Pacific Island Festival and special visitors who have come to the Centre to share about aspects from their culture e.g. Samoan drums, Scottish bagpipes

  • Information about the Centre will have been explained to you in a way that you can understand and relevant support material to read has been provided

  • staff have accessed training to improve their knowledge of working with children and families from diverse backgrounds

Hours

We are open from

7.30am – 5.30pm

Monday to Friday

Phone: 03 470 1029