22 MayWhy contextualising policies matters

Posted on 22 May 2023

ELAA has updated its PolicyWorks template disclaimer to emphasise the importance of contextualising policies to reflect the diverse backgrounds of all children, families, and the local community.

At ELAA, we understand the crucial role that early childhood education plays in nurturing the development and growth of young minds. Each child and family bring a unique set of experiences, cultures, and perspectives that enriches the learning environment. We need to ensure that policies and practices in early childhood settings are inclusive, respectful, and responsive to the diverse needs of the children and families that engage with our service.

Why contextualising policies matters

It is vital to recognise that our PolicyWorks templates are tools designed to support you in developing robust policies. While these templates offer a solid foundation, they must be customised and adapted to reflect the diverse backgrounds of the children, families, and the local community in your specific context.

Using our templates as a starting point is great, contextualising them is that extra step for you to acknowledge and embrace the unique cultural, family dynamics, linguistic, and socioeconomic aspects of the children and families at your service. It enables you to create an environment that celebrates diversity, fosters inclusivity, and promotes equity. This process requires careful consideration, active listening, and collaboration with families, staff members, and the broader community.

During a spot check or assessment visit under the National Quality Framework, authorised officers review policies to ensure they accurately reflect the unique service context. By sighting policies during these visits, authorised officers ensure that policies are not only up-to-date but are also tailored to meet the diverse needs and expectations of the children, families, and educators within the service.

We believe that through contextualising policies, you can cultivate an inclusive early childhood environment that respects and values the identities, experiences and abilities of all educators, staff, children and families. Together, lets embrace the power of inclusion, celebrate diversity, and create safe spaces where all children and families feel a sense of belonging.

As always, the ELAA team is here to assist you, answer any questions you may have, and provide guidance as you navigate this process.

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