Across the service, the observed and discussed approach to building collaborative partnerships with the community displays a strong commitment to the principles and practices of the approved learning framework/s, and aligns with the educational program and with resources that support community engagement and inclusion.
Educators, co-ordinators and the educational leader:
• purposefully consider and create opportunities to strengthen the service’s approach to enhancing children’s inclusion, learning and wellbeing, and seek out new links and partnerships where opportunities to further enhance children’s and families’ outcomes are identified
• are able to explain how ongoing community engagement influences the design and delivery of the educational program and supports children’s learning, wellbeing and enables full participation in the program for every child
• challenge stereotypes, raise awareness of, and cultivate deep respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
Engagement with families and communities
Educators, co-ordinators and the educational leader seek out and build new community partnerships in response to the perspectives, priorities and strengths of the children and families at the service, including the changing support and transition needs of children and including at the direct request of families if appropriate
Community partnerships contribute to a culture of inclusiveness and sense of belonging at the service.
The service demonstrates a commitment to building and sustaining reciprocal relationships with community groups, including mutually beneficial partnerships that make connections with local Elders and give back to the community.
Summary of the exceeding themes
All educators have robust debate about the best way to form collaborative partnership with the community to further children’s learning that is connected to the practices and principle of the EYLF and MTOP. Changes in practice are implemented when understood by all and all educators can explain how community connections support children’s learning and wellbeing.
|We can’t go on excursions. It’s too dangerous and parents don’t want their child exposed to risk.|
|Today we conducted another walking excursion into our local community. The children appeared to show less interest and didn’t ask many questions. We decided to ask the children if they were not in the mood for the excursion. The children mentioned they wanted to go on an excursion to a new place instead. We spoke to the Nominated Supervisor and asked her how else we could change up the local community walk. She said why don’t you turn the excursion into a major project where you have to identify all the people working in the local community and their job role.|
|Below is a case study that demonstrates all the exceeding themes. The blue text is directly from the NQS Guide, page 275-276, showing exactly how Exceeding theme 1 Embedded, 2 Critical Reflection and 3 Meaningful engagement with families and communities links into practice.Establishing partnerships with the community, we went on an excursion to Prospect Property Consultant today. We all listened to Jamie as he spoke to us about what their job involves. We value properties to see how much they cost.” Miss Tara then asked Jamie some questions; “Who do you value property for?” “We value property for Real Estates, so they know how much to sell the property for. We value everything from houses, farms and shops,” answered Jamie. Jasmine asked, “why do you value a property?” “We value a property, so people can buy or sell a house or farm, and to let the bank know what the property is worth. We do this by seeing what the house next door sold for to give us a base amount and based on the size of the house and the land it’s on.”
“How many people work in these offices?” Jack asked. Jamie said, “We have 11 qualified staff who work in this office, but we also have offices in Orange, Nyngan and Albury that we travel to a lot.”
Chloe St asked, “where do you do your work?” Chris answered, “we do our work all around NSW, SA and QLD.” Lila went next asking, “How do you measure stuff?” Making a connection between experiences, concepts and processes from our previous excursion to Doherty Smith and Associates. “We measure stuff by using a laser measurer most of the time and sometimes a tape measure” replied Chris.
|Leo asked the question, “How do you do meetings?” “We have our meetings in our conference room using the internet and video calls to connect with people from all of our offices,” said Chris.
Once we had returned to the service, Miss Tara purposefully considered and created opportunities to strengthen the service’s approach to enhancing children’s inclusion, learning and wellbeing. Using the community partnership she spoke to the children about how we could use our knowledge from the surveyors and property management visits. Chloe St suggesting “we could build our own house to sell!” (L/O 4.3). Miss Tara and Miss Anne worked collaboratively with the children to collect wooden materials from the yard to build the house. After we had collected all of the materials required Miss Tara built the base of our house with the help from Harry who handed Miss Tara the nails needed to hold the wooden planks together.
“I like building houses, I really do” stated Harry while he assisted with the construction.
Miss Tara responded to the children’s requests and encouraged them to share additional ideas on how we could complete our project to make it look more like a home (L/O 4.1). “We could use these sheets to make the walls colourful!” suggested Alice. “We can put the kitchen in the house because mums love to have kitchens in their houses!” suggested Leo.
Once the house was complete the children conversed with one another about how many people they thought was an appropriate amount to play in the house at one time with an answer of three. The children took it in turns to play in their new house with great satisfaction about the work they had done.
Miss Tara asked who would like to ‘value’ the house to determine how much it would cost to buy. Stella C. and Khloe were eager to do this so Miss Tara developed a form based on what a valuer takes into consideration when valuing a house eg how many bedrooms, toilets, heating/cooling etc. Stella C. and Khloe assessed the house, with Khloe stating there were 5 toilets, and deciding that “there’s a lot of toilets so I think it costs $500,000.” Stella’s house had 4 bedrooms and she said “it is beautiful, “I like it a lot.” Stella decided that it should cost $2. Miss Tara said to Stella “a drink costs $2. Do you think a drink and a house cost the same?”
|group chose Jen as their winner as she is able to “keep her horse in the yard.” Jen presented the Cubs with a ‘cheque’ to secure the purchase of her new home!|