Course Title: Building Partnerships with Parents and Community

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Building Partnerships with Parents and Community

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2020


Bundoora Campus


360H Education

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2016

Course Coordinator: Julie Carmel

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7480 (Reception)

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course focuses on the importance for early childhood educators to collaborate, communicate and plan in their partnerships with parents and community to achieve best practice in working with children in early childhood education and care contexts. You will explore the importance of building mutual and reciprocal relationships with parents and community in supporting children in their learning outcomes. You will examine parent programs, policy and practice for partnerships with families and communities. You will develop strategies for building partnership with families and community that ensure comprehensive, holistic and continuous approaches to early years education and care for young children.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the importance and implications of building strong, reciprocal partnerships with families and the wider community
  • Develop parental support programs to enhance children’s outcomes
  • Create opportunities for shared learning, networking and interactions between parents/ child/ teacher and other community members to establish trust and reciprocity
  • Reflect on approaches for flexible and adaptable participation in professional communities of practice that support the best possible outcomes for children 
  • Articulate practical strategies that support and build collaborative relationships with families and community

You will be assessed on your development of the following program learning outcomes in this course:

  • Engage with diverse learners in a range of educational contexts in order to develop skills and knowledge for flexible and adaptable participation in professional communities of practice. 
  • Communicate using a range of formats and strategies to audiences within and external to the discipline of education.
  • Work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness and ethical and reflective practice.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course includes a range of activities from face to face, lectures, tutorials, workshops, on-line discussions, curriculum design and readings in order to support the development of the learning outcomes of the course.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.

Assessment may include reports, projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: