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    Partnerships With Families

    Patricia Cunningham, 2015 [email protected]

  • + What factors do you think might hinder good partnerships with families?

  • + Barriers to Partnerships Things I have heard.

    nLanguage barriers

    nThe family has needs that require a lot of extra support and we dont have the staffing for their needs n Social economic

    n A child or children with additional needs

    n Single family

    n Parent has additional or special needs

    nMy lack of experience and training working with families who need extra support

    nOur program is already stretched meeting the needs of other families

  • +Embracing Partnerships with Families

    nEmbrace means: to make use of something or to adopt something.

    nPartnerships means: a group of people working together; cooperation; partners.

  • +Embracing Partnerships with Families

    Family

    Child

    Child Care Team

    Child

    Family Childcare Team

  • + Embracing Partnerships with Families Building a partnership with your child care service - a NCAC Factsheet for Families . By Merise Bickley. Page 1

    n A partnership between families and the child care team involves sharing information, ideas, concerns and questions about the child.

    n This partnership is strengthened when each party is supportive and appreciative of each others role and influence in the childs life.

    n Families are the most important influence in their childs life, and they have a deep knowledge of their child as well as a lifelong commitment to their childs wellbeing.

    n Child care professionals have experience and training in working with children in child care education settings.

  • +Embracing Partnerships: Starting Point

    Group 1: The Families List points that you would like the childcare team to do in order to help you and your child feel welcomed in the centre.

    Group 2: The Child Care Team List things you already do or would like to do so you might help families and their children feel welcomed in the centre.

  • + Embracing Partnerships Requires Us to Consider Anothers Viewpoints

    nPerspective means: a particular evaluation of something or measured assessment of a situation.

    nTo gain a better perspective about families concerns, lets review some of their questions regarding childcare.

  • + Families Questions About Childcare. Building a partnership with your child care service - a NCAC Factsheet for Families . By Merise Bickley page 3

    n Do I feel welcome to contribute to my childs care and experiences?

    n Do I believe that the child care professionals listen to and understand my concerns or ideas?

    n Do I feel that I can visit the service at any time?

    n What opportunities do I have to provide the child care professionals with information about my child?

    n How do I find out about my childs day, relationship and unusual circumstances/events?

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    n Does the service ask for my opinions or feedback about its operations and decisions that affect my child

    n Have I been given information about the services philosophy, policies and procedures?

    n Does the service provide me with timely, clear information about events and operations?

    n How does the service support communication with families who have specific communication needs, for example speak English as a second language, or have literacy difficulties?

    Families Questions About Childcare. Building a partnership with your child care service - a NCAC Factsheet for Families . By Merise Bickley page 3

  • + Embracing Partnerships by Considering The Families Viewpoints

    Do I embrace partnerships in my program /curriculum?

    Does our centres policies & environment

    embrace partnerships?

    Do I embrace partnerships through my

    interactions with families?

  • +Does our centres policies & environment embrace partnerships?

    nAre there family social events that provide opportunities for families and the child care team to meet and socialize?

    nDo our family/parent boards, reflect the needs & interests of our families?

    nDo we have a family resource library with books that can be borrowed; current articles & community resources; clothing & food items if needed?

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    nDoes your centre have regular family information nights and workshops: behaviour guidance or nutrition?

    nDoes your centre have newsletters about whats happening at the centre?

    nIs there information in highly visible areas letting families know who they can go to if they have concerns or questions?

    nIs our center's physical environment welcoming and has representation of the families we serve [photos, celebrations]?

    Does our centres policies & environment embrace partnerships?

  • +Do I embrace partnerships through my interactions with families?

    nDo I encourage families to to discuss any ideas, issues or concerns that they have?

    nDo I make time for daily discussions, formal or informal meetings or encourage families to phone and share information about their child?.

    nDo I greet families at pick-up and drop-off?

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    nDo I encourage families to visit their child at the program at any time of day[open door policy]?

    nDo I encourage the families to be involved in the program: guest speakers, helping out on field trips, sharing their cultural celebrations with all of us?

    Do I embrace partnerships through my interactions with families?

  • +Do I embrace partnerships in my program / curriculum?

    nDo I encourage families to contribute to the program curriculum, allowing them to share items from home or be guest speakers?

    nDo I provide ongoing information about their childs experiences and achievements [through discussions, photos and examples of the childs accomplishments]?

    nTo gain a greater understanding of the childs abilities, do I encourage families to share information about their childs experiences and interests outside of the centre?

  • +Embracing Partnerships, Going Forward!

    nName 1-2 strategies you will implement to embrace partnerships with the families at your childcare centre?

    nQuestions & Comments

  • +Resources

    nBuilding a partnership with your child care service - a NCAC Factsheet for Families . By Merise Bickley

    nBuilding partnerships between families and early childhood staff. KidsMatter Early Childhood www.kidsmatter.edu.au