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

Making Connections with Aboriginal Communities

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

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

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