Resources & Training

Over the 40 years of work in the sector we have developed a range of useful and important resources for educators, these resources are available for purchase and include:

  • Survival Words for Children’s Services Booklet and CD
  • DVD: Growing Up Bilingual in Australia – An Investment
  • DVD: The Cultural Treasure Chest – Valuing Cultural Diversity in Children’s Services
  • Poster: Welcoming Bilingual/Bicultural Children and Families
  • NSW Multicultural Resources Guide
  • Keys to Inclusive Practice
  • Participation in Children’s Services as a Parent

We also have a variety of 3-hour training workshops on specific areas that support cultural competency and can be designed especially for early childhood educators. These can be delivered on-site, at your service for your professional development and topics include:

  • Saying NO to Racism
  • Let’s Talk About Race, Culture and Languages
  • Cultural Briefings on Specific Culture
  • Working Effectively with Refugee children and families
  • Building Collaborative Partnerships with Culturally Diverse Children and Families
  • Inclusive Practice: Developing and Implementing a Multicultural Policy
  • To Celebrate or Not to Celebrate?

For Parents

“Children thrive when families and educators work together in partnership to support young children’s learning.” – Early Years Learning Framework, Government of Australia 2009

Would your child benefit from a Bicultural Support Worker?

If your child is from a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD), Aboriginal or Refugee background, Bicultural Support can provide time limited support to your child’s education and care services to assist with:

  • settling-in
  • transition and routine
  • home language maintenance
  • language development and communication assistance
  • facilitate cultural awareness
  • support your child’s educators with their programming
  • school readiness and transition to school
  • provide resources and linkages

How does Bicultural Support work?

Multicultural Children’s Services has an established pool of over 300 Bicultural Support Workers and Consultants who are all qualified and trained in Children Services, that represent over 110 different cultures and languages, including Indigenous languages. We are experts in the field with over 40 years’ experience.

A Bicultural Support Worker who speaks your language can work 1:1 with your child in the education and care service, as well as provide culturally-appropriate activities – such as music, storytelling, art and cooking – for ALL the children at that service, to support the inclusion of your child as well as their cultural and linguistic needs and promote inclusion to the centre, educators and children.

How can I encourage my child’s service to access Bicultural Support?

Early Childhood Services can request a Bicultural Support Worker to support your child at their Childcare Centre, Long Daycare, Before and After School Care or Preschool. Depending on the eligibility of your child’s service, funding for Bicultural Support Workers can be accessed through the Inclusion Support Programme or through a Fee-For-Service arrangement.

Talk to your service about the available options or encourage them to call Multicultural Children’s Services on (02) 9569 1288 or via email biculturalsupport@ecsc.org.au

Resources for Parents

Translated Bicultural Support Flyer

Bicultural Support flyer translated into 14 languages | Download a PDF

Bilingualism and Languages Learning Information Sheets

Click on the links below to access the Bilingualism and Languages Learning Information Sheets in the following languages:

Our latest resource, the Importance of Bilingualism brochures For Parents, has been translated in the following languages: