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Reciprocal relationships

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Reciprocal relationships is one of the 5 action areas outlined in the supporting successful transition: School decision-making tool (PDF, 1.2MB)

The reciprocal relationships action area focuses on communicating with early childhood services, involving families and children, and community participation. For each focus area, there is a description of a range of behaviours across 3 decision-making levels (school-centred, consultative and collaborative) to assist schools in their reflections and planning.​

Partnerships for a positive start to school

Starting school is an exciting and significant time in every child's life. A great start to school can develop a lifelong love of learning.

In Queensland, early childhood services, schools and families are encouraged to work in partnership to ensure all children enjoy a successful transition to school.

Why relationships matter

Education is a social context where learning occurs through thousands of daily interactions between children, adults, materials and environments.

These interactions, which start before a child is even born, build children's experiences, knowledge, skills, culture and family contexts.

When schools welcome new students and families into the community, they get to know each child's early learning experiences and the multidimensional nature of their development.

The likelihood of children and families experiencing a successful transition to school is enhanced when strong relationships, based on trust and mutual respect, are built between schools, early childhood services and families.

Related information

Action area research
View the range of research relating to each action area, as outlined in the Supporting successful transitions: School decision-making tool.

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Last updated 04 April 2019