It starts small. Care and affection will enhance your relationship with your child. There must be hundreds and thousands of positive interactions for a new born; and this mustn’t stop as children develop a sense of identity through their early years.

For a lot of families it is a daunting time with a new born. It is ok to ask for help. Having your extended family involved creates a strong support based your child and for you. If your child is supported by older cousins, siblings, uncles and aunties and grandparents, it creates a strong sense of belonging to a group.

This group, particularly before joining sporting teams, preschool and school, becomes the group of people that we celebrate successes and begin traditions. And if a child happens to find itself in a stressful situation or in trouble, this group becomes the people of whom they ask for help.

What about when my child begins to attend a preschool?

“When you enrol a child you actually enrol a family.”[1]


Community building should centre around your child’s centre.

“Children thrive when families and educators work together in partnership to support young children’s learning.” (Early Years Learning Framework, p.9)

Across Australia, Preschools are known for educators and centre directors that encourage families to be vital members of the centres’ community. This vision of a partnership in a child’s developing is part of what makes a preschool successful.

When we show a genuine interest in getting to know each child and their family as individuals we create a sense of belonging and of partnership. Connecting with families: Bringing the Early Years Learning Framework to life in your community, page 8.

[1] Intoual, A., Kameniar, B. & Bradley, D. (2009) Bottling the good stuff: stories of hospitality and yarnin’ in a multi-racial kindergarten. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood Education, 34 (2), 24-30.