ERIC Number: ED362257
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Opening the Doors: Child Care in a Multicultural Society.
Intended for directors and coordinators in Australian day-care centers, this book presents guidelines on providing mainstream services to Anglo-Australians and children from other cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Section 1 outlines the broader goals in incorporating a multicultural perspective in children's services. Section 2 outlines 11 principles underlying a good day care experience, while section 3 defines a multicultural perspective in terms of what it can and cannot offer. Section 4 offers guidance on developing partnerships with parents, covering the characteristics of partnerships and ways to make them work. Special attention is given to involving non-English-speaking families. Section 5 focuses on staffing concerns, including information on qualities to develop in staff, staff from non-English-speaking backgrounds, encouraging staff contributions, promoting teamwork, and gaining qualifications. Section 6 addresses language and communication concerns, including nonverbal communication, English as children's second language, and first language maintenance and development at home. Section 7 then discusses center policies, while section 8 offers guidance on creating a caring, multicultural physical environment. Section 9 deals with the multicultural curriculum or program, covering goals, programming, content, and routines. Section 10 looks at discipline as a way of helping children learn respect and caring. Section 11 presents guidelines for inservice education and support for staff, while section 12 suggests ways of getting started. Appendixes include policy statements, a center environment checklist, and a resource center list. Contains 31 references. (AC)
Descriptors: Child Care Occupations, Cultural Interrelationships, Cultural Pluralism, Day Care Centers, Foreign Countries, Heterogeneous Grouping, Intercultural Communication, Limited English Speaking, Multicultural Education, Preschool Education, Program Administration, School Personnel
Australian Early Childhood Association, Inc., P.O. Box 105, Watson, Australian Capital Territory 2602, Australia ($25, Australian).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Australian Early Childhood Association, Inc., Watson.