Quality Area 5 - Relationships with children

The aim of Quality Area 5 under the National Quality Standard is to promote relationships with children that are responsive, respectful and promote children’s sense of security and belonging. Relationships of this kind free children to explore the environment and engage in play and learning.

Educational program and practiceChildren's health and safetyPhysical environmentStaffing arrangementsRelationships with childrenBuilding partnerships with familiesEducational leadership and team building

Relationships with children

Standard 5.1Respectful and equitable relationships are developed and maintained with each child.
Element 5.1.1Interactions with each child are warm and responsive and build trusting relationships.
Element 5.1.2Every child is able to engage with educators in meaningful, open interactions that support the acquisition of skills for life and learning.
Element 5.1.3Each child is supported to feel secure, confident and included.
Standard 5.2Each child is supported to build and maintain sensitive and responsive relationships with other children and adults.
Element 5.2.1Each child is supported to work with, learn from and help others through collaborative learning opportunities.
Element 5.2.2Each child is supported to manage their own behaviour, respond appropriately to the behaviour of others and communicate effectively to resolve conflicts.
Element 5.2.3The dignity and the rights of every child are maintained at all times


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 5 resources:

Relationships between children

Encouraging positive relationships among children OSHC

Equity and diversity

Supporting self-regulation

Children's mental health

Respectful relationships

Responsive, respectful relationships

Exploring behaviour guidance

Promoting children's social and emotional wellbeing in childcare centres within low socioeconomic areas - Pages 77-86

Self regulation: a foundation for wellbeing and involved learning

Relationships between educators and children

Quality Area 5-Relationships with children

Responding to the needs of babies and toddlers self-guided learning package

Tune into little ones - Worker resource manual

NQS PLP Sustained shared thinking 

Ego and the baby

Proactively promoting inclusion resources

High expectations for every child

Responsiveness to individual children

Caring for young children: what children need