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Food 

INTERCULTURAL EXPERIENCES AND HOW THEY CAN LEAD TO PARENT-EDUCATOR PARTNERSHIP CHALLENGES

In a very diverse team and kindergarten culture are people with many different physical traits. the situation requires sensitive handling and background knowledge for the educators. This can be confusing as a child can feel they have crossed a boundary or have done something forbidden. 

There are other food related pitfalls to be conscious of as well. In some cultures, it is common to feed children up to the age of 3 years or older, whereas in others, the independence of a child is supported by letting them eat by themselves from the age of 10 months. 

Most kindergartens will have specific breakfast / lunch / snack times. For some children, this can be very confusing if they are used to getting food or being fed whenever they wish to be. This might feel like restriction and highly unfair to the child. The concept of sharing food also might take some children more time to get used to, especially if they are not familiar with the concept of eating together in a larger group.

The nutrition concept can be explained in the preliminary talk, or an explanation of the concept can be printed, discussed and explained again in the first parent evening.
menus should be on display in the kindergarten so everyone knows what the meal plan is for the week.
Dietary requirements added to the allergy list allows staff to know each child’s requirements.