Examples Of Cultural Competence

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Cultural competence is “the ability to communicate with, understand and effectively interact with people across cultures” (EYLF, 2015) Some legislation to keep in mind:
• Belonging Being and Becoming The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia. - P. 16 Cultural Competence
• Early Childhood Australia – Code of Ethics. Inclusivity and Cultural Responsiveness
• The National Quality Standards – Relationships with children. Collaborative partnership with families and communities
• Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986
• Racial Discrimination Act 1975
• Anti-discrimination Act 1991
- OUR PHILISIOPHY “We believe that each child is individual, unique and important, and has the right to develop to their full potential by respecting and
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- Document the incident, explaining in detail what happened and how the incident was resolved.
- If the incident reoccurs, talk to the supervisor to investigate why the offending child is behaving that way towards other children. Culturally safe environment

- “An environment, which is safe for people; where there is no assault, challenge or denial of their identity, of who they are and what they need. It is about shared respect, shared meaning, shared knowledge and experience, of learning together with dignity, and truly listening” (Ramsden, 1992)
- POLICY NUMBER 13 SITE BEHAVIOUR CODE o Everybody has the right to feel safe all the time, this includes families, children and staff o Children and families experience varying family contexts and situations and this should be acknowledge, understood and celebrated when appropriate
- At this centre we respect everybody’s culture, experiences and their identity
- Every person (children, families and educators) is treated with
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One of the areas of expertise is working with families from immigrant and refugee backgrounds. Phone (02) 9850 9786 or email katey.degioia@mq.edu.au
- Good Beginnings Australia. Provides programs that aim to improve outcomes for children and their families living in vulnerable communities. Phone (02) 8570 1900 or visit http://www.goodbeginnings.org.au
- Isolated Children’s Parent’s Association. Work with families living in remote or isolated areas. Contact Mrs Emma Foulkes-Taylor on (08) 9963 7982, email BitsAndPiecesEditor@icpa.com.au or visit http://www.icpa.com.au
- Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care. Provides training on tools on how to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families. Phone 03 9489 8099, email info@snaicc.org.au or visit http://www.snaicc.org.au
- University of South Australia, The de Lissa Early Childhood and Family Studies Research Group. Research on how children are valued and nurtured as individuals to reach their full potential in whatever context.
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