Parenting partnerships in culturally diverse child care settings

Parenting partnerships in culturally diverse child care settings

A care provider perspective

Kelly Hand and Sarah Wise

Research Paper No. 36 — June 2006

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This paper presents findings from the Child Care in Cultural Context study. This study surveyed 242 Australian child care providers from Anglo, Vietnamese, and Somali backgrounds to explore the nature of the relationship between parents and carers in culturally diverse child care settings. The report discusses the cultural dimensions of parenting, the importance of parent-carer partnerships for child well being, barriers to parent-carer partnerships, the types of issues that caused conflict, and accommodating differences in child-rearing approaches. The study found that though the carers reported a high level of commitment to working with parents, barriers such as language, lack of time, mismatched time availability, and different childrearing values still caused difficulties in engaging parents, regardless of their background.   

Authors and Acknowledgements

The authors would like to acknowledge and thank Associate Professor Ann Sanson, University of Melbourne, for her development of the study in its early stages and ongoing support and advice throughout. Lisa da Silva made a significant contribution to data collection during the Child Care in Cultural Context study fieldwork phase and in discussions about this paper. In addition, Jan Duffie provided valuable feedback on earlier drafts of this paper. The paper has also benefited greatly from the careful comments of Associate Professor Glenda MacNaughton, University of Melbourne, and Ruth Weston, Matthew Gray and Daryl Higgins, Australian Institute of Family Studies. We would like to thank all of the above for their generous contributions to the paper.

Our thanks also go to Lan Vuong and Farhia Mohumed who assisted with the fieldwork, using their connections within the Vietnamese and Somali communities in Melbourne to recruit participants and conduct translated interviews.

Finally, the authors would like to thank the participants of the Child Care in Cultural Context study - the parents, children and, particularly for this paper, their carers - for their contribution to this research. 

Publication details

Research Paper
No. 36
Published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, June 2006.
40 pp.
0 642 39541 1
Suggested citation:

Hand, K., & Wise, S. (2006). Parenting partnerships in culturally diverse child care settings: A care provider perspective ( Research Paper No. 36). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

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