Quality Area 5 – Relationships with children
Standard 5.1 Relationships between educators and children - Respectful and equitable relationships are maintained with each child.
Family day care educators in a large regional city attended a professional learning session organised through the service’s coordination unit that focussed on relationships with children. The principle of secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships was a lively topic of a recent discussion on the approved learning frameworks and the principles and practices supporting children’s learning.
Standard 5.2 Relationships between children - Each child is supported to build and maintain sensitive and responsive relationships.
Educators from this preschool / kindergarten service situated in an outer city suburb dedicate time during their regular staff meetings to critically reflect on their practice. As a starting point in reviewing their practice in relation to Standard 5.2, staff reflected on the overarching questions contained within the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). This caused them to think more deeply about their current practice in supporting children’s relationships. This included what theories, philosophies and understandings shape and assist their work, as well as considering whether some children might be advantaged or disadvantaged when educators work in particular ways.