Bridging troubled waters- Supporting the Early Years Educator working across cultures with migrant children and their families.

Brian Vassallo


The rapid increase in globalisation has for recent decades prompted educators, not least early years professionals, to become increasingly aware of the challenges posed by migrant children in their classrooms. Increased efforts and initiatives have been the locus of criticism and teaching stratagems which include family inputs, curriculum specialists but mostly teachers and other educators have been restudied. Though well intended, some strategies may be inadvertently reinforcing existing stereotypes associated with particular ethnicities which perpetrate existing social disparities. This paper reviews theoretical research on diverse ethnic parenting and examines their contribution within The Maltese early-years context. The paper advocates for the inclusion of multicultural principles which can assist early childhood educators in their quest to develop better insights on the diverse needs of multiethnic children and families.


Multicultural, Migrant, Poverty, Post-colonialism, Early Years

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