Immigrant and refugee mothers' experiences of the transition into childcare

a case study

Katey De Gioia*

*Corresponding author for this work

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    With increasing numbers of families arriving in Australia for humanitarian reasons or through migration, childcare centres may often be the first point of contact with dominant cultural practices for these families. This period of transition into childcare can be a fraught with anxiety. This article reports on findings from a case study conducted in a childcare centre in South Western Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. A small group of mothers and educators participated in interviews to discuss their experiences during transition into the centre. Findings show supports and challenges faced by immigrant and refugee families during this transition time and identify processes educators can employ to ease this transition.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)662-672
    Number of pages11
    JournalEuropean Early Childhood Education Research Journal
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2015


    • childcare
    • immigrants
    • partnerships
    • refugees
    • transitions

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