Quality Area 6 – Collaborative partnerships with families and communities

Introduction

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.

Supportive relationships with families

A targeted approach to parent engagement: A case study – Department for Education and Child Development, South Australia
A matter of perspective (Early learning) – Narragunnawali, Reconciliation Australia
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in early childhood education and care – Case Study 1 – Commonwealth of Australia
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in early childhood education and care – Case Study 2 – Commonwealth of Australia
Actively engaging families – The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne
Build strong partnerships with families – Child Australia
Cultural awareness – Reconciliation resources – Early Childhood Australia
Cultural Competence in Early Childhood Education and Care Services, SNAICC Consultation Overview – SNAICC
Differential parenting of children from diverse cultural backgrounds attending child care – Australian Institute of Family Studies
Don’t forget to play – CELA
Early years – Queensland Government Early Childhood Education and Care
Early years support guide – Rainbow Families
ECRH Newsletter: Diverse families – Commonwealth of Australia
ECRH Newsletter: Surviving in at time of uncertainty – Commonwealth of Australia
Engaging marginalised and vulnerable families – The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne
Engaging with Aboriginal Communities: Where do we start? – Inclusive Directions
Engaging with families: Social Media – An open and closed book – Commonwealth of Australia
Engaging with families: Social Media – Policies – Commonwealth of Australia
Engaging with families: Social Media – Smart Online – Commonwealth of Australia
Father-inclusive practice guide – Commonwealth of Australia
First impressions, lasting impressions – Inclusive Directions
How to create a learning environment – Early Childhood Australia
How to generate family involvement in service management – Community Child Care
How to get parents more involved: A case study – Department for Education, South Australia
Indigenous participation in early childhood education and care: Qualitative case studies – Commonwealth of Australia
Indigenous Professional Support Unit (NSW & ACT) – Children's Services Central
Information sheet: Quality Area 6 – Building partnerships with families – ACECQA
Information sheet: Quality Area 6 – Enrolment and orientation – ACECQA
Integrating services for young children and their families – The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne
Love (still) makes a family – Rainbow Families
Our service: Welcoming our families – Child Australia
Parenting resources – Deadly Tots
Perceptions of parenting: mapping gaps in understanding – Frameworks & Parenting Research Centre
Policy tip sheet: Including family input – PSC Alliance
Promoting, exploring and sharing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures: EYLF Outcome 3 – SNAICC
Respectful relationships and responsive engagement – Department of Education and Training Victoria 
Support for children with EAL at transition to school – VCAA
Supporting vulnerable families: Self-guided learning package – Community Child Care Victoria
Talking about parenting: Why a radical communications shift is needed to drive better outcomes for children – Australian Institute of Family Studies
Talking about the science of parenting – Frameworks Institute
We Hear You blog: Embedding culture in sustainable ways – ACECQA
We Hear You Blog: Reconciliation – ACECQA
Welcome to Country – Narragunnawali, Reconciliation Australia
Welcome to Country – Reconciliation Australia
Welcoming conversations with culturally and linguistically diverse families – Child Australia
What is ECI, why is it important and how can ECI services support families? – Early Childhood Intervention Australia

Collaborative Partnerships

Autism Hub: Online transition resource – Queensland Department of Education
Build relationships with community – Narragunnawali, Reconciliation Australia
Build relationships with community – Reconciliation Australia
Children's agency in communities: A review of literature and the policy and practice context – Benevolent Society 
Community partnerships to improve literacy – AITSL
Continuity of learning: A resource to support effective transition to school and school age care – Australian Department of Education, Skills and Employment 
Cultural competence for staff – Narragunnawali, Reconciliation Australia
Cultural competence for staff – Reconciliation Australia
Curriculum resources – Narragunnawali, Reconciliation Australia
Developing a sense of identity and belonging – Commonwealth of Australia / Inclusive Directions
ECRH Newsletter: Building understandings of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and peoples – Commonwealth of Australia
Establish and maintain community links: Self-guided learning package – Community Child Care Victoria
Explore current affairs and issues – Narragunnawali, Reconciliation Australia
Explore current affairs and issues – Reconciliation Australia
Five fast facts: NAIDOC Week – Reconciliation Australia
How to develop a RAP for a school or early learning service – Narragunnawali, Reconciliation Australia
Inclusion is… poster – Children's Services Central
Inclusion of children with additional needs: Self-guided learning package – Community Child Care Victoria
Inclusion resources – Victorian Inclusion Agency
Information sheet: Quality Area 6 – Building partnerships with families – ACECQA
Information sheet: Quality Area 6 – Enrolment and orientation – ACECQA
Let’s talk: 26 January – Reconciliation Australia
Let’s talk: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day – Reconciliation Australia
Let’s talk: Sacred ground – names and places – Reconciliation Australia
Let’s talk: Sorry Day – Reconciliation Australia
My Time, Our Place: Promoting collaborative partnerships between school age care services and schools – Commonwealth of Australia
NQS PLP e-Newsletter: Collaborative partnerships with families – Commonwealth of Australia
Partnerships with professionals – Rachel McKernan, Amy Church and Collette Tayler / Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
Place-based approaches to supporting children and families – The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne
Plan effective transitions for children in education and care services – Child Australia
Q&A: Flying the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags – Reconciliation Australia
Statement on the inclusion of every child in early childhood education and care – Early Childhood Australia
Steps to inclusion – KU Children’s Services
Supporting smooth transitions to school – The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne
The journey of inclusion poster – KU Children’s Services
Transition: A positive start to school resource kit – Department of Education and Training, Victoria
Transition learning and development statements – Department of Education and Training, Victoria
Transition statements: Building partnerships – QCAA
Transition to primary school: Building effective practices for Koorie children – Department of Education and Training, Victoria
Transition to primary school: Working with Koorie children and families – Department of Education and Training, Victoria
Transition to school – QCAA
Transition to school reciprocal visits – Department of Education and Training, Victoria
Visual supports – KU Children’s Services
We Hear You blog: Transition to school – ACECQA
We Hear You blog: Using the AEDC to support transition – ACECQA
Welcome to and Acknowledgement of Country – Reconciliation Australia
What is a RAP? – Narragunnawali, Reconciliation Australia
What is the best modern evidence to guide building a community? – ARACY
Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and children toolkit – Emerging Minds
You’re in new Country – Commonwealth of Australia
You’re never too old to play: Intergenerational learning programs – Educa