We have probably all heard the traditional African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child”. It could be argued that this philosophy of child rearing requiring communal effort is behind the second Principle of “Partnerships” in the EYLF, as well as Quality Area 6 of the NQS, ‘Collaborative partnerships with families and communities”.
Collaborative partnerships are particularly important for children with additional needs. EarlyWorks makes it very easy for educators, families and support professionals to work together to ensure every child has the opportunity to achieve their learning potential. By providing a family login to families and support professionals such as occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech pathologists and inclusive support workers, observations, comments and images can be shared.
Support professionals can add observations, comments and images directly into EarlyWorks using their family login. Then when families login to EarlyWorks at home, they can also add comments and observations. This valuable information can then be used by educators to inform their planning of new learning experiences. Support workers, parents and educators are then all contributing to the programming cycle, thus sharing and valuing each other’s knowledge.