Quality Area 6

Quality Area 6: Collaborative Partnerships with Families and Communities

This quality area of the National Quality Standard focuses on collaborative relationships with families that are fundamental to achieving quality outcomes for children and community partnerships that are based on active communication, consultation and collaboration.

Standard 6.1 – Respectful and supportive relationships with families are developed and maintained.

Standard 6.2 – Families are supported in their parenting role and their values and beliefs about childrearing are respected.

Standard 6.3 – The service collaborates with other organisations and service providers to enhance children’s learning and wellbeing.

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


Connecting with Families
Bringing the Early Years Learning Framework to life in your community

Family Handbook

How to Generate Family Involvement in Service Management

Walking Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Customs and Protocols
This resource focuses on a range of topics that non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander educators need to be familiar with and offers some suggestions for practice. Educators who have been reflecting upon and taking action toward reconciliation are likely to be familiar with some of the information in this resource and will have incorporated many of the suggestions into their practice. The main audience for this resource is educators in education and care services, where educators are beginning to explore possibilities for action


A Practice Guild for Working Families from Pre-Birth to Eight Years
The Standing Council on School Education and Early Childhood (SCSEEC) has developed this resource designed to guide professional and practitioners to share information about early childhood development in a compelling way with parents, families and the community.

Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA)
ACECQA is an independent, national authority that guides the implementation of the National Quality Framework (NQF) across Australia.  It provides Governments, the sector and families with the latest research to ensure that the NQF policy and service delivery is aligned with best practice. 

Additional Needs – Looking Beyond Disability
This Early Childhood Australia Newsletter discusses the right of all children to participate fully in the curriculum in an early learning setting.

Build Strong Partnerships with Families*
This resource provides practical strategies to support educators to build strong partnerships with families.
*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

Continuity of Learning – A Resource to Support Effective Transitions to School and School Aged Care
This first national resource has been developed by the Educational Transitions Continuity and Change research team at Charles Sturt University. The resource includes effective transition practices, which reflect the experiences of children, families, educators and communities as they support transitions to school and school age care.

Australian Government Department of Education and Training
The Australia Government Department of Education and Training provides information to parents, early childhood professionals and providers.

Department of Education and Training (DET)
The DET in Victoria, provides information for parents, early childhood professionals and service providers.

Exploring Multiculturalism, Anti-Bias and Social Justice in Children’s Services
A guide to educators to assist them to think about the importance of multiculturalism in their everyday work and how it links to anti-bias, equity and social justice.

Families as Partners in Learning: Seven Dimensions of Family Partnerships*
This resource can be utilised to identify existing areas and potential new areas to support family involvement in a child’s learning and development.

Family-Centred Practice, Person-Centred Practice
A suit of seven family – centred practice guides developed to support people who work with children, adolescents and young adults with a disability (or developmental delay) to work in more family centred ways.

Family Day Care Australia
Family Day Care Australia is the peak body for Family Day Care (FDC).  They provide a range of services to FDC services and can provide specific support and advice.

Learning English as an Additional Language in the Early Years
This resource complements a professional learning program that supports early childhood professionals in their work with children birth to six years from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Schools and Families in Partnership: A Desktop Guide to Engaging Families from Refugee Backgrounds in their Children’s Learning
This new resource gives schools vital information about ways that families and schools can collaborate to meet the needs of students and their families from refugee backgrounds. Launched on 16 June 2015, by the Minister for Education, Hon. James Merlino, the guide includes advice on vital interpreting and translation services, to homework support and career planning.

Transition to School: A Guide to Writing Transition Statements
This Department of Education and Training (DET) webpage provides a guide to writing a Transition Statement from a strengths-based approach, as well as examples of completed documents.

Welcoming Conversations with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families
A guide to educators to assist them in communicating, orientating and sharing information with families from a culturally and linguistically background.