Work effectively with families to
care for the child
Recap on week 2
The importance and impact of a family on children's
The family is the most powerful influence on
children's learning and development;
therefore it is crucial that children's experience in
their family and the family's perspective on the
child are taken into account and that
professionals operate in partnership with
parents on behalf of their child.
The most significant contribution that
children's services professionals can
make to a child's life is to enhance
parent's understanding and
appreciation of their child, increase their
confidence in carrying out the challenging
and enormously complex role of being a
parent, and ensure that they understand
that they are the most important people
in their child's life.
While there are some dimensions of the
parenting role that cannot and should not
be delegated to anyone else, in many
ways the notion embodied in this
Framework is that use of a children's
service can be likened to sharing
parenting, sharing the provisions for the
child's development. (Stonehouse, 2002)
Element 1- Establish a positive
relationship with family members
Considering standards, policies and procedures
Week 3 1/8/2013
• Discuss assessment guide
• Set due dates and submission format
• Activity 1. What is a positive relationship?
(List the skills you need in order to develop a
positive relationship with anyone. Now tick off
the ones that you feel you already have)
Work effectively with families to care
for the child
When working in child care services we:
• Must acknowledge parents are the primary
• Respect that parents have the right to be
involved in decisions relating to the individual
care of their child
• Who benefits?
• How do they benefit?
Considering standards, policies and
Various legal, ethical and professional
standards and bodies guide our practices,
our philosophy and our policies:
Who, or what, are they?
Governing bodies and standards
• The Department of Education and Communities
• Australian Children's Education and Care Quality
• The National Quality Framework (NQF)
• The National Quality Standards (NQS)
• The Education and Care Services' National
• Belonging, Being and Becoming (EYLF)
• Early Childhood Australia (ECA) Code of Ethics
Activity 1.3 Working in groups of 3 students are
to investigate where relationships with families
are referred to in the following documents -
1. The National Quality Standards (NQS)
2. The Education and Care Services' National
3. Belonging, Being and Becoming (EYLF)
4. Early Childhood Australia (ECA) Code of Ethics
The Code of Ethics (2006) is given as an
example. Please note that for the purpose of
this unit, only one section of the Code of Ethics
is provided – working with families.
ECA Code of Ethics
In this Code of Ethics, for the purposes of this document, these terms are
given the following meanings:
People between the ages of birth and eight years.
The people who have significant care responsibilities for and/or kinship
relationships with the child.
• Early childhood professional
A person who works with or on behalf of children and families in early
Groups of people who identify as having shared values and intentions. These
groups are recognised as complex, being simultaneously connected by
commonality and diversity.
An individual or organisation which employs early childhood professionals.
A person undertaking study at a secondary or tertiary institution.
II. In relation to families, I will:
1. Listen to and learn from families, in order to acknowledge and build upon
their strengths and competencies, and support them in their role of
2. Assist each family to develop a sense of belonging and inclusion.
3. Develop positive relationships based on mutual trust and open
4. Develop partnerships with families and engage in shared decision making
5. Acknowledge the rights of families to make decisions about their children.
6. Respect the uniqueness of each family and strive to learn about their
culture, structure, lifestyle, customs, language, beliefs and kinship
7. Develop shared planning, monitoring and assessment practices for
children’s learning and communicate this in ways that families
8. Acknowledge that each family is affected by the community contexts in
which they engage.
9. Be sensitive to the vulnerabilities of children and families and respond in
ways that empower and maintain the dignity of all children and families.
10. Maintain confidentiality and respect the right of the family to privacy.