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.

Collaborative partnerships with families and communities

Standard 6.1 Supportive relationships with families Respectful relationships with families are developed and maintained and families are supported in their parenting role.
Element 6.1.1 Engagement with the service Families are supported from enrolment to be involved in the service and contribute to service decisions.
Element 6.1.2 Parent views are respected The expertise, culture, values and beliefs of families are respected and families share in decision-making about their child’s learning and wellbeing.
Element 6.1.3 Families are supported Current information is available to families about the service and relevant community services and resources to support parenting and family wellbeing.
Standard 6.2 Collaborative partnerships Collaborative partnerships enhance children’s inclusion, learning and wellbeing.
Element 6.2.1 Transitions Continuity of learning and transitions for each child are supported by sharing information and clarifying responsibilities.
Element 6.2.2 Access and participation Effective partnerships support children's access, inclusion and participation in the program.
Element 6.2.3 Community engagement The service builds relationships and engages with its community.

Quality Area 6 resources:

Supportive relationships with families

Collaborative partnerships with families
Enrolment and orientation
Building partnerships between families and early childhood staff
Supporting children's mental health
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
Talking about practice: Cultural competency ECA
A matter of perspective (Early Learning)
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
ACECQA We Hear You Blog: Reconciliation
Engaging with Aboriginal Communities - where do we start?
Cultural diversity and children's wellbeing Kids Matter
ACECQA We Hear You blog: Embedding culture in sustainable ways

Collaborative Partnerships

ACECQA Information sheet: Quality Area 6 – Building partnerships with families
ACECQA Information sheet: Quality Area 6 -  Enrolment and Orientation
Continuity of learning
ACECQA We Hear You blog: Using the AEDC to support transition
ACECQA We Hear You blog: 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
Promoting collaborative partnerships between school age care services and schools (MTOP)
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