Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/7250
Title: Culturally strong childcare programs for Indigenous children, families and communities
Contributor(s): Guilfoyle, Andrew (author); Saggers, Sherry (author); Sims, Margaret  (author)orcid ; Hutchins, Teresa (author)
Publication Date: 2010
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/7250
Abstract: Accommodating the diverse childcare needs of Australia's Indigenous communities, both within mainstream and Indigenous-operated services, is a major concern for all Indigenous families and communities. Of particular concern in relation to formal child care is the need for programs to be culturally strong. Culturally strong programs incorporate the culturally based beliefs, values and practices, including child-rearing practices, of individuals, families and communities using that service. This paper, drawing upon a broad-based consultation funded by the Australian Government and conducted throughout 2005–06, addresses the key elements of what constitutes culturally strong childcare programs for Indigenous children, families and communities. In recognition of the heterogeneous nature of Indigenous Australians, the research methods included focus groups, community consultations, and interviews with key stakeholders in the childcare sector nationally in order to identify their positions. The research findings highlighted that those involved with childcare programs for Indigenous children, whether they are living in a remote community in the Northern Territory or in Redfern in Sydney, New South Wales, share a similar desire: that programs reflect the cultural knowledge and practices of their respective communities.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 35(3), p. 68-76
Publisher: Early Childhood Australia Inc
Place of Publication: Canberra, Australia
ISSN: 1836-9391
Field of Research (FOR): 200201 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies
160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 940105 Childrens/Youth Services and Childcare
940102 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Development and Welfare
939901 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
Other Links: http://www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/index2.php?option=com_content&do_pdf=1&id=1351
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