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.

Read about the other quality areas here.

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


Quality Area 6 resources:

Collaborative Partnerships

Quality Area 6-Building partnerships with families

Continuity of learning

Using the AEDC to support transition

Transition to school

Children's agency in communities: A review of literature and the policy and practice context

Partnerships with professionals

Place-based approaches to supporting children and families

Supporting smooth transitions to school 

Transitions: Moving in, moving up and moving on

What is the best modern evidence to guide building a community? 

Continuity of learning - a resource to support effective transition to school and school age care

Supportive relationships with families

Collaborative partnerships with families

Building partnerships between families and early childhood staff

Supporting children's mental health

Family centred practice

Respectful relationships and responsive engagement

Engaging marginalised and vulnerable families

Integrating services for young children and their families

Actively engaging families 

How to build strong partnerships with families

How to generate family involvement in service management

Fact Sheet 13 - Shared visions for outside school hours care - Developing partnerships with families

Cultural competence

Talking about practice: Cultural competency ECA

Embedding ATSI perspectives

Cultural awareness - reconciliation resources ECA

Children's Services Central - Indigenous Professional Support Unit (NSW & ACT)

Cultural Competence in Early Childhood Education and Care Services, SNAICC Consultation Overview


Making Connections with Aboriginal Communities

Engaging with Aboriginal Communities - where do we start?

Cultural diversity and children's wellbeing Kids Matter

Embedding culture in sustainable ways

Incorporating cultural competence in everyday practice