KidsMatter, the National Quality Standard and the Early Years Learning Framework all recognise that:

  • Children do not grow up in isolation.
  • Parents and carers are the most important people in a child's life.
  • Educators and staff in early childhood education and care services are highly significant.
  • Some children may be involved with health or community professionals who are also significant.
  • Many adults have an influence on a child's life so coordinating these efforts is valuable.  
  • Positive outcomes are more likely to be achieved when effective partnerships exist between the adults important to the child. 

Partnerships and working together ... commonly asked questions

What is a partnership?

What does working together mean?

How does working together support mental health and wellbeing?

How do families and early childhood educators develop partnerships?

How can families get to know each other and why is it important? 

Where can I find information about parenting?

Are there any suggestions for how families and staff can work together?

Where can I get  further information about working together?

Where else could I find further information about building partnerships?

Communication between families and staff ... commonly asked questions

Good communication between families and early childhood education and care staff helps a child feel like they belong and are well cared for.

Sharing information about children’s interests, family background and daily experiences creates a common understanding about the child.

What does effective communication mean? 

How can we further develop ways to communicate effectively?

Are there any tips for positive communication ?

Where can I find further information about effective communication?