Children, families and communities
Children thrive when families and educators partner together to support their learning.
Educators using Foundations for Success actively engage children, families and communities in the teaching-learning process. They work with them to develop the rules, boundaries and policies of an early learning program and the conventions of everyday living. They build strong relationships and understand and share expectations and attitudes. They respect the diversity of families and communities and the aspirations they hold for their children. This fosters children’s motivation to learn and their sense of themselves as competent learners.
Family is the cornerstone of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, spirituality and identity. As an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child grows up, maintaining their connections to family and community forms the basis of the development of the child's identity as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person, their cultural connectedness and their emerging spirituality.
(Priest, K, 2005, Preparing the ground for partnership—exploring quality assurance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child care: a literature review and background paper, Department of Family and Community Services, Government of Australia.)
Families are children’s first and most influential educators. Their engagement is central to creating an effective early learning program. Educators share their stories on what works to engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.
Poster: Strong sense of identity
Help children be proud and strong with experiences and interactions that promote pride and confidence, give a sense of belonging and connect with their culture and traditions.
Children learn of the world and possibilities through all the people in their community. Here, educators acknowledge the importance of genuine partnerships across community to harness collective knowledge and skills.