INTERCULTURAL EXPERIENCES AND HOW THEY CAN LEAD TO PARENT-EDUCATOR PARTNERSHIP CHALLENGES
Care situations throughout the world greatly vary. There are differences in size, starting age, programming, academic outcomes, financial situations and materials/toys all correlating with the specific view on childhood, families and parents working lives. Childcare can also differ by whether it is run by trained educators, or by parents, if it serves lunch, how long it is open, and whether it is compulsory or not, as well as the role of the educator (for example, as a care provider or as a classroom educator). The classroom structure/size/overall impression might be unfamiliar to families and potentially critical when settling-in their child to a new kindergarten.
If a child comes from a foreign education system, families might enter the new setting with specific expectations.
There could be families who are scared to send their child on field trips/excursions and extracurricular activities such as sleepovers/class trips. Unfamiliarity with the situation and insecurity could lead to apprehension towards certain activities.