Quality Area 5

Quality Area 5: Relationships with Children

This quality area of the National Quality Standard focuses on relationships with children being responsive and respectful and promoting children’s sense of security and belonging.

Relationships of this kind free children to explore the environment and engage in play and learning.

Standard 5.1 – Respectful and equitable relationships are developed and maintained with each child.

Standard 5.2 – Each child is supported to build and maintain sensitive and responsive relationships with other children and adults.

Reference: Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) 2011, Guide to the National Quality Standard


Bringing Child’s Rights into your Classroom 
A practical guide for educators on how to integrate children’s rights, information, instructions and tools into their program and experiences.

Child Rights Education Toolkit: Rooting Child Rights in Early Childhood Education, Primary and Secondary Schools (First Edition)
Produced by UNICEF (2014) the overall aim of this toolkit is to assist practitioners to embed the provisions and principles of the ‘child rights education’ and the ‘child rights approach’ into early childhood education, primary and secondary schools.

Executive Function: What Is It and Why Does it Matter?
Executive function is the capacity to control one’s behaviour and direct it toward longer-term goals. Search Institute has developed a short video which uncovers the key aspects of executive function in children, plus a tip sheet ‘Strengthening Executive Function in Children: Tips for Parents and Practitioners’.

Fifteen Elements of Resilience*
Belonging, Being and Becoming asks us to ensure “All children experience learning that is engaging and builds success for life”. One of the characteristics that educators actively foster in this pursuit is that of resilience. This resource can add further depth to curriculum as we consider the ways each element facilitates each child’s sense of Belonging, Being and Becoming.
*This resource in available via the IPSP online library: Select the title above, then select ‘Click here to access online’ to download from the IPSP online library

Kids Matter Early Childhood
KidsMatter Early Childhood is a continuous improvement framework that supports early childhood education and care services to promote children’s mental health and wellbeing.

Practitioner View – Belinda George

In this engaging 4-part video Educator Belinda George discusses the intentionality and practices the team used to build responsive relationships with children.

Raising Children Network 
The Raising Children Network website provides information for families on children’s health, wellbeing and development.

Relationships with Children
This Early Childhood Australia newsletter highlights educators’ relationships with children as central to supporting their learning.

Respectful Relationships*
This fact sheet explores the role of the educator in developing positive, meaningful and nurturing relationships. Includes reflective questions to promote discussion.
*This resource in available via the IPSP online library: Select the title above, then select ‘Click here to access online’ to download from the IPSP online library

Response Ability Fact Sheets 
A series of fact sheets from the Response Ability Resource for Vocational Education and Training that provide simple strategies to effectively communicate with children and guide children’s behaviour. The student handouts use twenty themes to explore how Children’s Services staff can promote children’s mental health and wellbeing. 

Rights of the Child Posters 
The Meerilinga website provides four downloadable posters for services to utilise within their programs.

UNICEF Child Rights Resources   
UNICEF provides a range of resources to support educators, children and families in developing their awareness of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF) Practice Principle and Evidence Paper 5: Respectful relationships and responsive engagement
These resources, as part of a series, present the research supporting the VEYLDF Practice Principle 5: Respectful relationships and responsive engagement. This principle emphasises the importance of relationships between early childhood professionals, children and families that are sensitive and supportive, and guides quality implementation in practice.