Title

Transition to child care for children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Australian Early Childhood Association

Faculty

Community Services, Education and Social Sciences

School

International, Cultural and Community Studies

RAS ID

90

Comments

Originally published as: Sims, M., & Hutchins, T. (2001). Transition to child care for children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Australian Journal of Early Childhood, 26(3), 7-7. Original article available here

Abstract

Children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are particularly vulnerable to stress when beginning child care. High stress levels not only impact on children's transition into child care, but can have undesirable long-term consequences if not handled appropriately. In Australia, there is provision for specialist personnel (called bicultural support workers in this study) to facilitate the transition into care of children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This paper reports data from interviews with parents from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds whose children attended child care, caregivers in centres who worked with children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and bicultural support workers. Recommendations are made for quality practice during the transition phase into child care services for children and families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

 
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