Did you know? Children from CALD backgrounds remain significantly unrepresented in early childhood services due to language barriers, parental worries about cultural appropriateness of services, the complexity of the system and limited support available in their home language.
To address these persistent barriers, we developed the Integrated Diversity Early Education Access (IDEA) Pathway, a FREE mobile 6-week playgroup program delivered in home-language facilitated by our Bicultural Support Workers to prepare children from CALD backgrounds for entry into Early Years Education and increase enrolment of these children in formal Early Educational Services.
The IDEA Pathway supports families from CALD backgrounds with an integrated FREE 6-week family-mentoring program delivered in home-language during playgroup to assist with their journey from gaining understanding of formal early years education in Australia to enrolling and settling their child into an approved Early Childhood Education program. It will also further link participating families with local providers and build trust to facilitate positive dialogue and build the capacity of services to provide educational excellence to children from culturally diverse backgrounds.