Growing Our Cultural Awareness

In the vibrant tapestry of cultural celebrations, Lunar New Year stands out as a time-honoured tradition observed by millions around the world.

On Saturday 10th February, 2024 we ushered in the Year of the Dragon and to celebrate, our Grow Early Education centres have been busy introducing young minds to the rich customs and festivities that accompany this auspicious occasion.

This blog explores the importance and the joy of celebrating Lunar New Year; highlighting the educational and cultural benefits for children to explore; and growing cultural awareness.

Embracing Diversity

Our Grow Early Education centres play a crucial role in fostering an inclusive environment that celebrates diversity. Lunar New Year provides a wonderful opportunity to expose children to different cultural practices, allowing them to appreciate and respect the unique traditions of their peers.

By incorporating Lunar New Year celebrations into our curriculum, we promote a sense of unity and understanding among children from various cultural backgrounds.

At Grow Early Education Kelso, the Preschool Classroom were involved in celebrating Chinese New Year and building their knowledge of the Chinese culture specifically. To support the Year of the Dragon, they created their own dragon artworks using a pasting technique.


Learning Through Play

One of the most effective ways to educate young children is through hands-on experiences and play. Lunar New Year celebrations in childcare centres often include engaging activities such as crafting traditional decorations, making festive foods, and participating in lively dragon and lion dances. These activities not only captivate the children's interest but also enhance their fine motor skills, creativity, and cultural awareness.

At Grow Early Education Darling Heights, the Junior Kindy children explored Chinese New Year with sensory tables.

Cultivating Cultural Awareness

Understanding and respecting different cultures is a crucial aspect of early childhood education. Lunar New Year celebrations provide childcare centres with a unique opportunity to teach children about the significance of the holiday, its customs, and the symbolism behind traditional rituals. Whether it's exploring the Chinese zodiac, learning about special foods, or understanding the importance of family gatherings, children gain valuable insights into the world around them.

In preparation for many of our Families and Educators celebrating Chinese New Year, the Toddler Classroom at Grow Early Education Kelso created their own Chinese New Year artwork. They used red, yellow and blue paint to cover their paper plate and then sprinkled on some glitter for added sparkle. The Educators then placed the paper plates on display in the formation of an amazing dragon!

Connecting Families

Lunar New Year celebrations in our Grow Early Education centres extend beyond the classroom, involving parents and families in the festivities. Collaborative events, such as family potlucks, cultural presentations, and storytelling sessions, create a sense of community and strengthen the bond between families and educators.

This collaborative approach not only enriches the learning experience for children but also fosters a supportive and inclusive environment for all.

Grow Early Education Templestowe involved the families in their celebration, by setting up a display in the reception to spark conversation and interest from families about this wonderful occasion.

Instilling Values

Lunar New Year is a time for reflection, gratitude, and the setting of positive intentions for the year ahead. Our long day care centres take this opportunity to instil values such as respect, kindness, and empathy in young minds.

Through age-appropriate discussions, stories, and activities, children learn the importance of virtues that extend beyond cultural boundaries, fostering a sense of global citizenship.

At Grow Early Education Nowra Central, the children engaged in a range of experiences to focus on EYLF Learning Outcome 2 – Children are connected with and contribute to their world. These included making paper fans, painting dragons and then proudly displaying their artwork for everyone to enjoy.

Celebrating Lunar New Year in Grow Early Education centres goes beyond the festive decorations and traditional activities—it's a powerful way to instil cultural appreciation, promote diversity, and create wonderful memories for the children in our care.

By embracing and incorporating these celebrations into the educational journey, our long day care centres contribute to the holistic development of young minds, nurturing a generation that values and respects the richness of cultural diversity.



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