Celebrations can be as diverse as each of the children in a child care service. When incorporated into a program appropriately, celebrations can be used to bring people together, to create a feeling of belonging and community. Children will also develop respect for diverse values and beliefs as they learn about practices that are different from their own.
Below is a list of events for October.
1 October Noongar Season Kambarang
1 October World Smile Day
4 October World Animal Day
4 October World Taco Day
4-10 October World Space Week - Theme "Women in Space"
5 October World Teacher Day
11 October International Day of the Girl "Digital generation. Our generation."
15 October Global Handwashing Day
16 October World Food Day
23 - 31 October Children's Week - the theme is "Children have the right to choose their own friends and safely connect with others."
25 October World Pasta Day
31 October Halloween
31 October Grandparents Day
Could you incorporate these with purpose and respect into your program?
Careful, honest and reflective evaluation of each celebration is required before and after to ascertain if you were able to achieve the desired aims and outcomes.
When evaluating a plan it is important to seek feedback from children, Educators and families.
When evaluating the plan it is important to consider:
- Were the celebrations reflective of all families and children?
- Did families feel welcome to participate in celebrations?
- Was the time allocated to celebrations sufficient?
- Were experiences developmentally appropriate?
- Were appropriate alternatives offered for families who chose not to participate in celebrations?
- Did the children demonstrate an increased awareness and respect for diverse values and beliefs?
- Was the program able to incorporate child-initiated celebrations?
- Were the resources needed for the celebrations adequate and appropriate?
- If you could do it all again what would you do differently?
- What have you learned about celebrations?