Welcome to our weekly quality improvement support series for 2021.
“It’s our polite nudge in the ribs to help you and your team stay organised and on task.”
This week’s subject is Community engagement
Element 6.2.3: Community engagement
The service builds relationships and engages with its community.
Does your service take an active approach towards fostering meaningful and consistent engagement with the local community?
Providing children with a range of opportunities to connect with and become actively involved with their community leads to a range of positive developmental and educational outcomes, whilst fostering a sense of belonging within the service and local community.
Children can learn about their community from becoming familiar with the diversity of the families at the service to becoming involved in local community activities and events and engaging with relevant community groups.
In some states, restrictions (as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak) have put a hold on having visitors to our services and perhaps limited our ability to get out into the community. This doesn’t mean that we should put community engagement on the “back burner”. Children have experienced enough isolation over the past few months. It’s because of this that it’s more crucial than ever to ensure that your service explores the many ways to promote community involvement.
Consider implementing some of the following:
- Invite members from diverse groups to share their experiences and expertise. This can either be in person or via video conference (Example: Zoom)
- Create a family tree. Invite families to share photos of their immediate and extended family, including grandparents and cousins. Request relevant information to be included that identifies the diversities of each family, to share with the children to increase awareness of the similarities and differences amongst the group
- Promote community events and community initiatives across your service, including via your newsletter and online platforms
- Develop a “Bush School” program based on the Scandinavian approach to early childhood education known as Forest Schools
- Connect with your local aged care provider, donate children’s artworks or establish a “pen pal” program (School age care)
- Develop a “Community Engagement” newsletter to promote all of the ways your service engages with the community
- School age care- participate in school events and invite school staff to attend your services events, use the school newsletter to promote your services events
Review your self-assessment notes for element 6.2.3 and consider how you can expand on your practices to promote community engagement. In System 7, the suggestions area of QA6 / Module 25 provides a range of suggestions of practices to implement to help services succeed in this area.
Resources / links:
Within System7 go to QA6 / Module 25 submit your self-assessment notes and if required, open a QIP issue to set your goals, detailing plans for additional practices to implement to achieve this outcome.
Resources, NQS Element, Regulation and System7 links
National Quality Standard – QA6 / Element 6.2.3
Childcare Centre Desktop – Newsletter for Families
System7 Module – QA6 / Module 25
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