Qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit: Unit 2.5: Work in partnership
Learning outcome: Understand challenges to partnership working
Assessment criteria: Explain strategies to overcome barriers when working in partnership
When working in partnership, it is important to be aware of the potential barriers that may impede progress. By understanding the various types of barriers, you can develop strategies to overcome them.
One type of barrier is a communication barrier. This can occur when there is a lack of clarity or understanding between partners. To overcome this, it is important to ensure clear and concise communication. Additional services may need to be used to aid communication between parties. For example, if a parent does not speak English, the services of an interpreter may be required.
Another type of barrier is a cultural barrier. This can happen when partners come from different cultures and have different values and beliefs. To overcome this, it is important to be respectful of each other’s cultures and to try to find common ground.
Barriers can also occur when there is a lack of trust between partners. This can happen when there is a history of conflict or when partners feel that they are not being listened to. It is important to build trust by being honest and transparent with each other to overcome this.
Barriers can also occur when partners have different agendas and do not have shared goals. To overcome this, it is important to ensure that there is alignment between the partners. Policies and procedures explaining each party’s responsibilities and how the information will be shared can help with this.