Cultural competence is about understanding our own culture and background as well as being open and respectful to other cultures.
Culture is central to our feelings of “being” and “belonging” and also our sense of identity. If children feel welcome and are to develop a sense of identity then we need to think about how each of their culture is visible in what we do.
Cultural competence is the ability to understand, communicate with and effectively interact with people across cultures.
As educators we demonstrate an ongoing commitment to developing their own cultural competence in a two way process with families and communities.
We had loads of fun celebrating St Patricks Day and going green.
The EYLF (p. 16) describes cultural competence as: …
“much more than awareness of cultural differences. It is the ability to understand, communicate with and effectively interact with people across cultures. Cultural competence encompasses:
- being aware of one’s own world view
- developing positive attitudes towards cultural differences,
- gaining knowledge of different cultural practices and world views,
- developing skills for communication and interaction across cultures.”