All families are different; children have diverse understandings of what makes up a ‘family’ and the relationships with the people who are most important in their lives.
As the primary influence, families have strong beliefs and values about the education and care of their children. Quality Area 6 of theNational Quality Standard (NQS) reflects the importance of these relationships and collaborations, with Standard 6 emphasising a welcoming environment and orientation process, and Element 6 stressing the involvement and contribution of families to the service.
Diverse family structures can include:
- Single parent (divorced or never-married)
- Foster parent(s) (or state as legal guardian)
- Adoptive parent(s)
- Blended (biological parent and another parent figure to whom s/he may or may not be married)
- Unmarried biological parents
- Polyamorous parents (multiple romantic partners in household)
- LGBT parent(s)
- Non-parent relative(s) as guardian(s) (grandparent, aunt, etc.)
No matter the type of family, students do best when educators remain sensitive to--and welcoming of--these differences. Acceptance by both adults and classmates at school contributes to students' social-emotional well-being, which we know positively impacts their academic achievement. #DiverseFamily #Early Education #FamilyUnit
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