When working with children partnerships with others is very important for various reasons, such as helping the children to follow consistent routines which will provide them with a structure for their day. Being a role model and setting positive examples in a childcare setting is vital, therefore all adults who work with children have a responsibility to develop good professional relationships which allow them to get on very well with each other. Successful partnerships between practitioners and parents is also very important; this allows the practitioner to gain knowledge and understanding from the parent of the child’s likes and dislikes, and it also allows the practitioner to inform the parent of the child’s progress within the setting.
In a childcare setting, working in partnerships with other professionals from different agencies helps to benefit the children in a variety of ways. Some of the other agencies include:
* Speech therapist.
* Health visitor.
* Social services.
Most partnerships have a similar reason for working together; they are often formed to achieve common aims. Some of the main characteristics of effective partnership working are as follows:
* Involve agencies working together for mutual benefit.
* Have an aim that is agreed and understood by all the partners.
* Put the learner at the centre of partnership working.
* Focus on a high-quality learning experience leading to sustainable progression.
* Have clear, effective leadership.
* Identify the role of each partner, which is understood by others in the partnership.
* Share ownership of the partnership and partners feel they benefit from the collaboration.
* Have dedicated time and resources for administration and operation.
* Recognise different organisational cultures within the partnership.
* Have a...