Professional partnerships in children’s services: Working together for children

RIP1401

Authors(s): Andrea Nolan, Jennifer Cartmel and Kym Macfarlane
Published: 2014
Pages: 28
ECA Code: RIP 1401

Early childhood education and care services in Australia are moving towards an integrated approach to service delivery requiring educators to work in partnership with professionals from sectors such as health, education and community services for the benefit of young children and their families. This means that educators need to work in perhaps new and different ways in their everyday work.

Professional partnerships in children’s services: Working together for children looks at ways educators can work effectively with other professionals in building and leading these partnerships in children’s services. It examines some of the issues surrounding working in partnership with others and the implications this has for understanding and enacting leadership.

It explores topics such as:

  • working collaboratively in early childhood education and care settings
  • thinking about the knowledge base of others
  • transdisciplinarity—a new strategy to consider
  • examples of collaborative practice with other

professionals in early childhood education and care services are provided.

Examples are given that have been implemented in early childhood education and care services to work collaboratively with other professionals. Professional partnerships in children’s services: Working together for children points to a way forward by encouraging the rethinking and reworking of practice by educators with the inclusion of reflective questions, scenarios from services and top tips for educators to consider.

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