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The relationships and connections Early Childhood Professionals maintained and nurtured while children were learning at home will support families to transition back into the early learning environment. The next step is to think about how we can support children and families as they orientate for the second (or in some cases third) time this year. There will undoubtedly be some trepidation and anxiety yet there is a lot we can do to ease the process and help children to once again feel safe and secure in their education and care environments.

On this page you will find some articles and resources to support educators, children and families returning to onsite learning. If you haven’t yet assessed the resources on the Learning at Home page, you can access them here.

If you would like further support in re-engaging multilingual children and families in your early learning environment, contact fkaCS on 9428 4471 or email culturalinclusion@fka.org.au.

Educator Resources

A Window to Belonging: Reimagining Family Partnerships

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Article of Interest by Catharine Hydon. This article highlights some learnings and experiences about how we collaborated with families while children were learning at home, and how we can continue to use some of the communication strategies developed now and into the future.

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Communication Orientation Plan

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An individualised orientation plan can support the transition back to early childhood education and care services for children and families. Download for some considerations and strategies that you might find helpful when developing each child and family’s orientation plan. You can also download a blank Word template below.

> Orientation Plan Word Template

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fkaCS Online Language Support

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You may identify in your communication and orientation planning that you require further support to engage in shared communication with families. fkaCS online language support may be one avenue to consider.

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Welcoming Children and Families to our New Normal

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The pandemic pushed early childhood settings into unknown territory as we navigated a drop in utilisation, free childcare, social distancing and learning at home. We have had ample support from the sector about learning at home, but now we need to turn our attention to families and children returning to services as restrictions ease and we find our new normal.

Read in conjunction with this video.

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