A resource kit for early childhood services, primary schools and the rainbow families who use them.
We produced this kit in 2010, with development funding from the City of Darebin.

Whos in your family
The kit is suitable for maternal child health centers, childcare centres, kindergartens and the early years of primary school. Rainbow Families Council developed it through research with families and childcare workers in the City of Darebin and neighboring suburbs.

This resource kit aims to help children, families and early childhood educators start discussions about the diversity of families – including same-sex parented families – who are part of their communities.

It comprises of two A3 posters and four A4 information sheets, including one specifically for parents to help them choose a rainbow family-friendly childcare centre or kindergarten.

Download the posters

Who’s in your family – animal version (PDF)
Who’s in your family – people version (PDF)

You can also order free colour A3 copies of the two posters from Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria (GLHV) by emailing info@glhv.org.au

Download the info sheets

Introducing Rainbow Families (PDF)
Creating inclusive children’s spaces (PDF)
How children play (PDF)
Tips for parents (PDF)

How to use the kit

You might like to provide your childcare centre or kindergarten staff member, or even your primary school librarian, with this list as a way to start a book collection that reflects family diversity. These books are mentioned in the “Who is in your family?” resources.

How the kit was developed

We developed these resources through surveys conducted with families and childcare workers in the City of Darebin and neighboring suburbs during 2009. Development funding was provided by the City of Darebin.
Officially launched at our February 2010 conference by the City of Darebin Mayor Cr Vince Fontana, we made the entire kit online to coincide with the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on May 17.
We have asked some parents to share their stories of how they have used the resources to get these conversations started. Share your stories with us at info@rainbowfamilies.org.au and we will regularly update this section to include them.

Thanks

Rainbow Families Council thanks to the parents, Rainbow Families Council members, childcare workers and survey respondents who contributed to the development of these resources and acknowledges the City of Darebin for providing development funding, and the kind support of GLHV in distributing these materials.