Topic 1 Introduction

  • Effective communication is key to positive partnerships with parents.
  • Effective communication involves active listening and clear, respectful speaking.
  • When professionals and parents share knowledge and experience, it’s good for children’s wellbeing and development.

Effective communication builds understanding and trust. When you and parents or carers understand and trust each other, you’ll all be better able to work together to support children’s wellbeing and development.

This is why effective communication is key to establishing and maintaining positive partnerships with parents.

For professionals working with parents, a positive partnership means sharing knowledge and experience to understand a child’s situation, and it can lead to developing plans together to support the child.