What is Cultural Capital?
Cultural Capital is the child. Now think of the child as a Jigsaw. That child or Jigsaw is made up of all the experiences that make them who they are. This includes traditions, cultures, religions and backgrounds. Every child and every practitioner will have different pieces or cultural capital that make up their jigsaw. It is our job as practitioners to give all children as many opportunities and experiences as possible, in order to give them the missing pieces to their jigsaws to help shape their understanding of life and how they live it.
Cultural capital is the accumulation of knowledge, behaviours, and skills that a child can draw upon and which demonstrates their cultural aware
ness, knowledge and competence; it is one of the key ingredients a child will draw upon to be successful in society, their career and the world of work.
Cultural capital promotes social mobility and success.
Cultural capital gives a children a wide base on which to develop. We build on their cultural awareness from home, their beliefs and
own experiences, and enhance it through opportunites provided by school. The more cultural capital a child has the more it helps t
hem achieve goals and become successful, and not limted by wealth or financial capital.
Cultural capital is having expreinces and opportunities that give chidlren the desire to aspire and achieve.