Working in Partnership
Partnerships abound in our society between both groups and individuals – the best partnerships are those where each partner is valued equally and has as much power as each of the other partners. For working in partnership to be successful it has to be on the basis that the contributions of each person or organisation are as valued and valuable as each other. In early childhood settings this can involve teams from different disciplines such as education and health and social care teams working in partnership with families to ensure each child’s individual needs are met. How partners work together is defined by the agreements reached about data sharing and about confidentiality – any information is therefore provided on a need to know basis. The benefits of working in partnership are enormous allowing all families to share information about their children’s development or learning and supporting those children with particular needs to receive coordinated support.
The Principles into Practice cards on this page refers to the EYFS 2007, it is not linked to the Revised EYFS.
The Wider Context