Skin & hair color
INTERCULTURAL EXPERIENCES AND HOW THEY CAN LEAD TO PARENT-EDUCATOR PARTNERSHIP CHALLENGES
A very diverse team and kindergarten culture is made up of people with many different physical traits. Children sometimes fear novel appearances and need a “settling in” in this regard as well.
Those children who are used to people with similar appearances can be overwhelmed by the large amount of diversity resulting in obvious signs of distress. It is important to observe how the children are reacting to their new environment. In the case that the group educators are quite different in their appearance, the child might seek out or withdraw from a certain educator or situation depending on the level of comfort. Insecurity can come from the question of whether or not a different appearance will result in a different reaction.
The curiosity of a child regarding a different looking person may be perceived rude or blunt to an adult. Families’ values and viewpoints can affect a child’s way of seeing and reacting to differences. This can cause quite a few problems and needs careful but firm discussion on the part of the educator.
A kindergarten curriculum should contain a section on diversity, and how to implement it into a daily structure.
Use morning circles to discuss differences and similarities of people with one another, such as hair and eye colour, skin colour, language, clothing, etc.