Quality Area 6 – Collaborative partnerships with families and communities… How do you work with the families at your service? Here are 5 tips to help you connect with Quality Area 6…
Respect the families – Understand that without families there are no children and without children there is no service, and then pay the families the respect they deserve. They might have different ideas to you, they might ask you to do things that you think are hard work, but you have to remember that these are your clients and as such they deserve your respect. If you cannot do what they ask because of logistical reasons, then that is ok, but if you don’t want to do it because it seems too hard then perhaps you need to reflect on your practices.
Provide opportunities to involve families – The more opportunity you offer families to get involved in the service the more opportunity there is to form meaningful relationships. These do not need to be formal, structured events like celebrations, they can be volunteering, sharing their skills with the children, and bonding with their child. The families might not engage with the opportunities but don’t stop offering.
Share information that matters – How much information do you share with families? Newsletters, notice boards, observations, day books, menus, emails, invoices, facebook posts, QIP are all types of information shared with families. Yes there are requirements about some of it, but how else do you decide what to share? How much of it do your families read? Have you ever asked them? Do you know for certain you are meeting their needs for information and not doing more work for no reason?
Utilise the local services – We have all heard the saying “it takes a village to raise a child” and this is true, but often we get so caught up in getting everything done we forget that there is help out there. Whether it is someone to come in and talk to the children about their area of knowledge, or a professional to support children’s needs, or a local service that the children can access like a library or the local school. All of these services can help you with your role and support the children’s development.
Go exploring – By getting out and about in the local community you can serve 2 purposes. Children get to learn in different environments while exploring and connecting with the local community. In addition it allows the community to get used to seeing the service out and about, builds relationships and as such often has a flow on positive effect for enrolments.
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