Identify reasons for working in partnership

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: Identify reasons for working in partnership


There are many reasons why it is important to work in partnership with parents and other professionals in an Early Years setting.

One of the most important reasons is that parents are the child’s first and most important educators. They know their child better than anyone else and can provide valuable insights into their needs and development.


Working in partnership with parents also allows Early Years practitioners to understand better the child’s individual needs and how best to support them. It can also help build strong relationships between the setting and the parents, which can benefit both parties.

Other professionals, such as speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, or health visitors, can also provide valuable support and expertise.


Early Years practitioners must also work in partnership with their co-workers, which includes their manager and other team members, as well as other employees, such as admin staff, cooks and cleaners. This is important in order to ensure that the setting runs smoothly and everyone is working towards the same goals.

Good communication and collaboration between all team members are essential to provide high-quality care for the children. By working together, practitioners can share ideas, solve problems and support each other. This also helps to create a positive.


By working together, all parents, practitioners and professionals can ensure that the child receives the best possible care and support.

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