The Value of Parent Partnerships
Why are partnerships with families important?
Partnerships are important because the child, their family and centre context do not exist in isolation. They are all part of a much wider community. In most communities, the service is one of a range of services that support families with children. At Paisley Park we recognise the importance of developing links, sharing information, and working in collaboration with other community organisations to achieve the best outcomes for children and families.
Positive outcomes for children when family partnerships are strong
For the youngest age, children are very sensitive to the world that surrounds them, especially by the actions and behaviours of those dearest to them. When the child’s Educator displays respect, understanding and care towards their family, the child will experience a sense of safety, belonging and security. For children new to the centre, such positive advances will ensure the settling period is significantly reduced. In contrast, for children who have attended the care settling for an extended period of time, this strong reciprocal relationship will be a constant source of reassurance.
Positive outcomes for families when family partnerships are strong
Positive partnerships with Educators have the potential to significantly influence the educational program that is implemented. At Paisley Park we make a real effort to, not only familiarise ourselves with children’s families, but do so with the view that families can also influence the program. Recent examples of such initiative include Joyce, who spent a day with our Chef Michael preparing stuffed Zucchini’s for the children’s lunch. This was a wonderful opportunity for family partnership and knowledge sharing. A further example is a recent visit from Susan who shared her knowledge of ‘banking’ to support the children’s growing interest in money and general mathematics.
Positive outcomes for Early Childhood Educators when family partnerships are strong
For Educators, the notion of building strong family partnerships provides the opportunity to develop important interpersonal skills. The art of effective communication is not only a refined skill that can be applied to various life experiences, but also offers the opportunity to gain knowledge about others’ lives, child-rearing practices and culture. This insight can also help bridge the gap between the home and centre context, ensuing Educators are thoughtful in their approaches towards children and can deliver a consistent education program.
Positive outcomes for services when family partnerships are strong
Family partnerships not only benefit children’s outcomes, they also significantly improve job satisfaction for Educators. When their contributions are respected, families become more receptive to taking part in the daily program and thus make meaningful contributions. This in turn rewards the efforts of dedicated Educators who work tirelessly in ensuring families feel a strong sense of belonging.
Positive outcomes for communities when Family Partnerships and Strong
When functioning in strong partnership, relationships between families and the broader community are significantly enhanced. Partnerships provide the opportunity to develop links to more areas of the community, resulting in heightened interactions. At Paisley Park, our School Visits and Nursing Home visits are just some of the ways we connect to members of the surrounding community. Such opportunities are extremely valuable for children to extend on their own knowledge as well as share their own personal community experiences with their peers.