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Before starting at a kindergarten

INTERCULTURAL EXPERIENCES: PARENT-EDUCATOR PARTNERSHIP SOLUTIONS

·     Parents meeting with all families together: without children (introducing educators, room, rough weekly schedule, outlook for upcoming years, etc., and parents introduce themselves to each other). 

·     Settling in talk with all families separately: with kids (talk about specific details/behaviors/routines/allergies/diet. Ask about experiences and if certain things differ in execution to what the family is used to, explain settling in process, prepare parents for challenges that might occur, but encourage them to work hand in hand with you in a strong partnership)

·     Preparation: Research information about their country, customs, and religion. Seek help from colleagues and leadership in case they have worked with the same or similar cultural family backgrounds before.      

• Learn about where they come from, their background, and their expectations.
• Explain what the kindergarten is doing, what goals the group has, its vision, daily routines, and background of the group.
• Find common ground with each other and see where mutual understanding can be found
• Meet the child and spend time together (most likely during settling-in).
• Explain to the parents how you deal with situations and ask the same of how they provide comfort at home without giving advice