Establishing Positive Relationships

Team Resource Kit

Establishing Positive Relationships

Establishing positive relationships and effective collaboration between families, children and the local community involves more than just routine everyday contact.

Goal Setting

Team Resource Kit

Goal Setting

As early childhood professionals we need to regularly assess our practice to identify our strengths and areas where we can make improvements. Once we have determined an area we would like to improve or develop it is important we plan to work towards this. This is where goal setting comes in.

The Indoor and Outdoor Environment

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The Indoor and Outdoor Environment

The physical environment can contribute to children’s wellbeing, happiness, creativity and developing independence. It can contribute to and express the quality of children’s learning and experiences.

Family Participation and Communication

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Family Participation and Communication

“Families are the primary influence in their children’s lives and also have strong beliefs and values regarding the education and care of their children, and the experiences in which their children should be able to participate. Effective relationships between educators and families are fundamental to the quality of education and care that children receive.” Adapted from the Guide to the National Quality Framework, ACECQA (2020)

Bottle Safety and Preparation

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Bottle Safety and Preparation

Children are more susceptible to food borne illness making it necessary for education and care services to implement adequate health and hygiene practices. Safe practices for handling, storing, preparing and heating breast milk or formula must be employed to minimise risks to children being educated and cared for by the service.

Hygiene and Infection Control

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Hygiene and Infection Control

It is important that educators role-model positive health practices, and that children are appropriately supervised, assisted and encouraged in their daily health and hygiene routines. Education and care environments must be hygienically maintained to reduce the possible spread of infection and illnesses through the sound hygiene practices of staff and educators.

Dental Health

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Dental Health

Conversations and information exchange on dental health should be encouraged to promote good dental hygiene practices and lifelong learning for children and their families. Dental health will be included as part of everyday practice at our education and care service.

Environment Statement

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Environment Statement

This statement has been developed to provide an overview of the areas of the environment covered by this policy. The promotion of healthy, sustainable environments where educators, children and families learn and share ideas about creating an environmentally friendly education and care service are a priority within our service.

Supervision

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Supervision

Children must be adequately supervised at all times that they are being educated and cared for both at the service and on excursions. Adequate supervision is the consistent and present engagement with children. 

Harassment Free Workplace

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Harassment Free Workplace

Creating a workplace with vision and meaningful direction, consistent values and ethics will foster a positive and productive work environment free from harassment. Further, when professional standards guide educator’s practices, interactions and relationships, children’s learning and development, safety and wellbeing will be effectively supported.

Smoke Free Environment

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Smoke Free Environment

All workplaces have a regulatory and legislative duty of care under to provide a safe, healthy and smoke free environment. Children, educators and families will not be exposed to the harmful effects of second hand smoke while on education and care service premises.

Clothing and Footwear

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Clothing and Footwear

Children need protective, comfortable and appropriate clothing and footwear to explore their environments. Clothing needs to protect children from injury and sun exposure while promoting self-help abilities. 

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