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Educators, parents, and families are a vital part of a child’s support system and essential to success. When educators and parents establish and maintain open communication, it has been proven to enrich a child’s learning, wellbeing and better position them for long-term success in the child care setting and beyond.
The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) explicitly acknowledges the value of partnerships as part of the five principles underpinning early childhood practice and pedagogy. The EYLF identifies the importance of both parent's and educators’ knowledge and the unique contribution they have in children’s lives.
An educators’ primary focus is on building attachments with children. Through extending this focus and strengthening partnerships with parents, reciprocal respect and trust are built that acknowledge families as a child’s first teacher, and the child is able to benefit from greater education, care and learning outcomes as a result.
With open two-way communication established, the sharing of insight and perspectives about each child in relation to their care needs, interests, and development can be facilitated ensuring children are programmed for appropriately. A great by-product being that educators are extending upon their existing strengths, skills, and knowledge.
Building communication channels for different purposes and to suit different family structures and requirements are becoming increasingly important, particularly as technology has become an accessible part of our day-to-day lives.
Here are some of our tips to opening communication in a range of different ways, allowing both parents and educators to share insight and perspectives about each child.
Early childhood centres should create welcoming and inviting spaces for families. Parents and educators can then feel comfortable having lasting conversations in an open, supportive and friendly environment.
Consider how families are represented across the service. Partnerships should be enacted within the centre’s philosophy, policies, procedures, programming, documentation, and environment.
Families will have their own preferences as to how they are contacted. Find out what works best for themーprint, email newsletters, face-to-face, social mediaーand personalise your approach to communication.
Informal daily conversations and planned family gatherings provide opportunities to gain an understanding of the family structure, cultural background, diverse needs, as well as the interests and strengths of families. Consider and look for ways to reflect their uniqueness and needs within the centre environment.
Communication surrounding pedagogical practices, the EYLF and educational outcomes need to be clearly articulated via all the various touchpoints a parent has with a centre. Show, tell, demonstrate and document the complex, skilled and enjoyable work engaged in daily with a child.
For more early childhood education thoughts, ideas, resources, explore our website further.
For Easter next year, make something that's truly eggceptional. We’ve outlined the steps (and resources) for children to create their own egg animals for this year's Easter craft activity.
This craft activity allows children to explore a range of visual arts mediums and experiment with their ideas to create their own distinctive easter animal puppet. These pop-up puppets can also be used for storytelling and dramatic play to extend and develop the craft activity characters into new storylines in play.
Step 1: Children use their own ideas to create an egg animal of choice.
Step 2: Using glue, children can paste on the googly eyes as well as a range of craft resources including feathers, paper, and glitter to the foam egg.
Step 3: Craft resources like pipe cleaners can be pushed into the foam egg by making small holes.
Step 4: Once dry, the egg can be secured to a paddle pop stick.
Step 5: Children can now paint their cups, creating various lines and patterns.
Step 6: With teacher assistance, a small cut can be made in the base of the cup for the paddle pop stick to slide through.
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Privacy at Office Corporate
At Office Corporate we value the trust and privacy of our customers. We respect your privacy in handling personal information relating to you and your transactions with us.
What We Collect
We collect the following personal information:
Ancillary to our core business activities, we also collect and maintain records of personal information. For example:
How we use and collect personal information
The personal information is collected for the purposes of fulfilling your requests for products and services, performing the necessary credit checks, marketing our goods and services (including direct marketing) and receiving payment. Office Corporate may collect your personal information directly from you, when you place an order, where you access and interact with the website or with the Office Corporate Customer Service, Sales or Credit team. Office Corporate may also collect information about you that is publicly available including information from websites such as LinkedIn, Facebook or other websites. There may be occasions when Office Corporate collects personal information from a third party. For example, Office Corporate may also collect personal information from credit reporting bodies and sales and marketing organisations.
Sharing your information
We may need to pass personal details such as your name, business name and address to service providers who perform some of our deliveries. This may include major delivery companies, outsourced call-centres, mail houses and third party fulfilment contractors.
Office Corporate is committed to reducing the amount of fraud it faces. Our policy is that we will investigate any cases of fraud that we identify. As a first time customer for example, you may receive a telephone call or email requesting more information/proof to confirm the details that you have supplied to us. If any of the information you supply is found to be false or misleading, we will, if we deem it appropriate, report this to the appropriate authorities for them to investigate.
Office Corporate also informs you that your information may be stored overseas.
In special circumstances, for example if we sell our business, your information may be transferred as part of that sale. We will not use your information for purposes unrelated to the services we provide without your consent.
What about cookies
Cookies are small data files that are stored on your computer's hard drive. Cookies do not give us control over your computer.
Our websites utilise "cookies" to provide you with a more convenient shopping experience, such as remembering your login name and password, purchase history and maintaining items in your shopping cart if you leave the site before checkout.
Personal information is used by Office Corporate for its legitimate business purposes, as disclosed at the time of collection. It is also used for ancillary purposes such as locating and identifying you and for servicing our relationship with you. Your contact details may also be used by us for the purposes of sending marketing correspondence to you. You may make a request to us not to receive direct marketing communications.
Office Corporate will not sell, rent or trade personal information. We will not disclose personal information to third parties for them to market goods and services to you. We will not otherwise use or disclose your personal information unless the use or disclosure is authorised under the Australian Privacy Principles. Some examples of where use or disclosure is authorised under the Australian Privacy Principles are:
As with most business organisations, Office Corporate relies on third party suppliers (agents) to conduct specialised activities such as mail-outs and the dispatch of internet messages. These agents act on behalf of Office Corporate and do not facilitate their own commerical agendas whilst processing your personal information. While personal information may be provided to these agents to enable them to perform their agreed tasks, such information remains the property of Office Corporate at all times and the agent organisations involved may not use or disclose it for their own purposes. To "opt-out" of receiving marketing materials email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
How to update your Personal Information and have access to it
We seek to keep personal information that is accurate, complete and up-to-date. To assist us with this, please contact us if any of the details you have provided change. Further, if you believe that the information we have about you is not accurate, complete or up-to-date, contact us and we will correct it.
On request we will provide you with access to the personal information we store about you, but only to the extent we are able by law, and are required under the Australian Privacy Principles.
If we are unable to give you the access requested, we will, if reasonable, consider whether the use of an intermediary would allow sufficient access to meet both our needs. We will also provide you with the reasons for our inability to give you the access requested.
How secure is the data collected
Office Corporate is committed to keep secure the data you provide us and we will take all reasonable precautions to protect your personal information from loss, misuse or unauthorised access or alteration.
Our e-commerce sites use a security measure called Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology. SSL locks all your critical information in an encrypted envelope, making it extremely difficult for this information to be intercepted. Our SSL technology is the industry standard in Internet security.
The below companies may collect personal information when you interact with our digital property, including IP addresses, digital identifiers, information about your web browsing and app usage and how you interact with our properties and ads for a variety of purposes, such as personalization of offers or advertisements, analytics about how you engage with websites or ads and other commercial purposes. For more information about the collection, use and sale of your personal data and your rights, please use the below links.”
Changes to This Policy
Contact Us About Privacy
The Privacy Officer
209 Greens Road