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: Professional Collaboration
Element 4.2.1: Professional Collaboration
Management, educators, and staff work with mutual respect and collaboratively, and challenge and learn from each other, recognising each other’s strengths and skills.
Professional collaboration involves working together cooperatively towards common goals. Collaboration is achieved through open communication, information sharing, joint planning and the development of common understandings and objectives (Framework for School Age Care, p.12).
Consider the range of ways in which you and your team cooperatively work together to continually review, reflect and improve on your program and practice. What methods of collaboration are used most, and which are the most effective and why?
Ensure your team meetings are used to critically reflect on current practice and provide opportunities for all staff to provide input for continual improvement. Document these reflections as evidence of professional collaboration. Well documented meeting minutes can provide a host of information to use as evidence for assessment and rating.
Consider the routine of staff meetings within your service.
- Are meeting times flexible?
- Are staff encouraged and feel respected to offer their opinions?
- Are staff valued?
- Are meetings deficit-focused or strength-focused?
- How are the minutes of meetings distributed to all staff?
- Are all staff provided with varied opportunities to provide their input?
- Does your team schedule regular “catch up” meetings to ensure consistency and continual improvement?
- Do meetings include opportunities to critically reflect on program and practice?
- Are identified areas of improvement then documented in your service QIP?
- Are educators provided with opportunities to participate in professional development to support continual improvement?
- Is information gathered and shared with the team as part of an ongoing cycle of continuous improvement?
- Do educators use new knowledge to critically reflect on current practice amongst the team, and plan for improvement?
Resources for services:
The Childcare Centre Desktop has a range of resources including templates for a staff meeting agenda and minutes and a staff meeting guide plus much more.
Resources, NQS Element, Regulation and System7 links:
National Quality Standard – QA 4/ 4.2.1- Professional collaboration
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