DIFFERENT TYPES OF FAMILIES

Diversity and its role in the settling in process

A rainbow family is often used to describe special types of families including, but not limited to, families whom have parents identifying as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, etc. (LGBTI+). Additionally, it is important to remember other types of families. For example, a carer who is planning on having a child or children by way of insemination, surrogacy, foster care parenting, foster to adoption parenting, adoption, co-parenting, etc. (Tomlins, 2018).

At diversity sensitive kindergartens, educators and professionals strive to build a resilient, joyful and empowered community of families that can support each other and be recognised for their contribution to the community as a whole. Diversity sensitive kindergartens envision a world where all rainbow families can openly and safely live in full equality.

It is important that young children in a kindergarten grow up with an appreciation and respect for the diversity of families, identities, cultures, races and ethnicities that surround them. Early childhood education provides the ideal setting for children to learn about different identities and cultures while forming friendships with people from a wide range of backgrounds.