Different types of families
The term “rainbow family” is often used to describe certain types of families including, but not limited to, families that have parents identifying as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, etc. (LGBTI+)(Hočevar, 2014).
Additionally, it is important to be aware of the various modalities of acquiring children as well as parenting. Other types of families include patchwork families, single parent families, three generation families, and more (Sharma, 2013).
All families need support from educators within a kindergarten setting. Early childhood is a crucial time to promote in all children a sense of pride in family and identity, and an appreciation of diversity. By teaching children the importance of treating others equally and celebrating different families and cultures, parents and educators can have a significant impact on how children’s attitudes mature and develop.