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Structure of life 

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

The structure of organization and life is different from country to country or culture to culture. If a country offers the possibility to go shopping 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, there is no need to plan in advance. Different cultures have different views on when to start and end the day, whether they are strict with their planning or spontaneous, as well as their view on how child led the day should be. 

Where adults can cope with changes when it is necessary, a child is basically helpless. Comfort and security come from what little is perceived as reliable at a very young age. By exposing a child to a very different structure, we remove that which the child understood as an undeniable fact of life - something that was guaranteed. This can often cause a regression in skills or behavior. If we take away these reliable routines, the child must find security in his or herself. Of course there are routines and structure in the kindergarten, but a child is not capable to recognize and adapt to them without explicit support and time.

Family structure has an effect on the child’s upbringing and ultimately in the context of Kindergarten. Influential aspects can be whether it is someone's first child, how old the child is when starting Kindergarten as well as the age and experience of the educator or parents.