Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Involving parents and carers

About this Illustration of Practice

In producing a unit of work to develop students’ understanding of sustainable gardening through individual interests and curiosities, the teacher has provided opportunities for parents and carers to be involved in their children’s learning. The teacher, along with a colleague, updates parents and carers on the activities of the Early Learning Centre through a newsletter, and contacts parents directly to involve them in the project on sustainable gardening, encouraging a strong connection between home and school activities to deepen the learning experience of students.

Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.7
Engage parents/ carers in the educative process
Career stage
Plan for appropriate and contextually relevant opportunities for parents/ carers to be involved in their children’s learning.
Other descriptors
Standard 7
Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community
Focus area 7.3
Engage with the parents/carers
Career stage
Establish and maintain respectful collaborative relationships with parents/ carers regarding their children’s learning and wellbeing.
  1. How do you provide opportunities for parents and carers to support learning activities at home and school?
  2. In what ways do you engage in regular two-way communication with parents and carers regarding the progress and well-being of their children?
Learning area
Year level
Scotch Oakburn College Early Learning Centre
Year level
Early Childhood
Stage of schooling
School type
Non Government
School location
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Scotch Oakburn College Early Learning Centre (ELC) is part of the EL-Year 5 Junior School, and the ELC takes students from ages 3 to 5. The College is a fee-paying Independent school with a history of student achievement and community service. The overall vision for the centre and the school is to develop student autonomy, tolerance and humanist thinking with an appreciation of individual differences. The arts play an important role at the school in enabling students to represent, express and communicate meaning, building the capacity to deepen students’ cognitive and affective understanding of content.
Content provider
Early Childhood Australia (ECA)

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