For the sake of this blog, I focused on the website http://www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org / e- newsletter. As an educator, and more specifically a kindergarten teacher at a bilingual school, I have learned that I should be aware of the cultures of the audience that I am working with and of the community I serve. After reading the on-line article/magazine section spoke of the importance of diversity. For instance, according to the article, Hopetoun Children’s Centre in Flemington, Melbourne, is a multicultural hub within the local community. The centre’s goals include developing the centre’s operations to embrace the different cultural beliefs, practices and needs of the families attending the centre, in order to create a collective sense of belonging.
Although we don’t have hub’s here in New Jersey, the overall tone of the article is to embrace the cultural differences and beliefs between educators and families and to use those differences as a positive to enrich the class environment and to make families and children feel welcomed and respected.
After thoroughly reading through this article, I didn’t find anything to be controversial, but the article did encourage me to do more in terms of cultural diversity. For example, I could ask parents to bring a dish in from their culture, or we could have festivals where children could research a country and give a short presentation about what they learned…this would integrate language/literacy, technology, history, health, and art.
Furthermore, this website contains information that adds to my understanding of how economists, politicians support the early childhood field through reform in the sense that each baby will have more attention by a care giver. For example the web site www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org states
"Babies will be the big winners in 2012 thanks to new early childhood reforms that come into effect on 1 January, ensuring there is one staff member for every four babies now in childcare.
Early Childhood Australia CEO Pam Cahir said the reforms were significant, but thankfully many childcare services were already implementing them so costs to parents would be minimal.Ms Cahir said the reform package was long-term. “The full set of early childhood education and care reforms will be implemented over the next eight years. There is plenty of time for services to adjust and many, many services have already moved ahead to implement the reforms.
“2014 will be the next milestone for governments and services to work towards. This is a long-term process that will benefit children, families and the Australian economy and should not be slowed down to appease interest groups".