Quality Area 6 - Collaborative partnerships with families and communities

The aim of Quality Area 6 under the National Quality Standard is to recognise that collaborative relationships with families are fundamental to achieving quality outcomes for children and that community partnerships that are based on active communication, consultation and collaboration are also essential.

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Collaborative partnerships with families and communities

Standard 6.1Respectful and supportive relationships with families are developed and maintained.
Element 6.1.1There is an effective enrolment and orientation process for families.
Element 6.1.2Families have opportunities to be involved in the service and contribute to service decisions.
Element 6.1.3Current information about the service is available to families.
Standard 6.2Families are supported in their parenting role and their values and beliefs about childrearing are respected.
Element 6.2.1The expertise of families is recognised and they share in decision making about their child’s learning and wellbeing.
Element 6.2.2Current information is available to families about community services and resources to support parenting and family wellbeing.
Standard 6.3The service collaborates with other organisations and service providers to enhance children’s learning and wellbeing.
Element 6.3.1Links with relevant community and support agencies are established and maintained.
Element 6.3.2Continuity of learning and transitions for each child are supported by sharing relevant information and clarifying responsibilities.
Element 6.3.3Access to inclusion and support assistance is facilitated.
Element 6.3.4The service builds relationships and engages with the local community.

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Additional information about the quality area, standards and elements can be found in the Guide to the National Quality Standard.