Qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit: Unit 2.5: Work in partnership
Learning outcome: Understand the principles of partnership working in relation to current frameworks when working with children
Assessment criteria: Describe partnership working in relation to current frameworks
When working with other agencies to provide the best possible care for children, it is important to adhere to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework. This framework sets out the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children are given the best possible start in life. The EYFS states that:
“Children benefit from a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers. “EYFS
The EYFS is not only important for the care and development of children but also for safeguarding them. Under the EYFS, all early years providers must have a policy outlining how they will work together to safeguard children. This policy must be reviewed and updated regularly in line with legislation and best practice changes.
Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) is a publication by the government that is a statutory guide to interagency working for the safeguarding and protection of children.
One of the key aspects of safeguarding children is confidentiality. When working with other agencies, it is important to respect the confidential nature of the shared information. This means that information should only be shared on a need-to-know basis and with the consent of the child’s parents or carers.