Early Childhood Staff Orientation Guide

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32   CHAPTER 1 DOUBLE TAP TO ZOOM WITH PHONE OR TABLET Work in Partnership with Families and Colleagues The care and education of young children requires teamwork and partner- ship. Rarely does one person take all the responsibility for a child’s upbring- ing. Families count on you to be part of the team who supports their children’s development. And you can count on families and your colleagues for support. Creating a partnership with families and colleagues involves communication—but it’s more than just communication. Partnership involves sharing power and decision making about what is best for the chil- dren. Partnership includes asking for and acting on information from others and involving others in planning for important activities, such as assess- ments. For example, if a concern arises about a child’s development, you may observe the child and document the ways in which her development compares to what is typical for her age. You may also ask colleagues for suggestions to support the child’s development and help in documenting the concerns you have. You may ask the family for thoughts on the child’s development and how the child is progressing at home. Using all this information, you can work in partnership with your program and the family to decide whether additional observations, referrals to experts, or other strategies might further support the child’s development. All these principles—doing no harm, protecting confidentiality, and working in partnership—are core elements of the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct. The full code contains additional guidance for working with young children. For more information about the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct and resources related to carrying out the code, see page 150. COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL