Working Together Agreement

The Working Together Agreement promotes a coordinated approach to early childhood inclusion for children with disability and/or developmental delay. When families, early childhood intervention (ECI) practitioners, early childhood education and care (ECEC) educators work together; this supports the human rights, best interests of and outcomes for all children participating in ECEC settings.

Why use the Working Together Agreement?

Children with disability and/or developmental delay learn best when everyone in their life works together in a consistent way. The Working Together Agreement aims to assist families, early childhood and child care (ECEC) settings and early childhood intervention (ECI) practitioners to work collaboratively to:

  • Share philosophies and approaches to inclusion.
  • Clarify roles and responsibilities.
  • Work in an inclusive manner, recognising that learning happens in everyday environments, through relationships with the people with whom children spend most time.
  • Work out the best ways of communicating with each other.
  • Share important operations, practices, processes or strategies.
  • Set goals and outcomes relevant to the ECEC setting.
  • Monitor children’s progress and practical use of inclusive strategies within the ECEC setting.
Who should use the Working Together Agreement?

The Agreement may be initiated by the ECEC, ECI or the family. It is designed to be signed and used by all members of a child’s team as a basis for their collaboration in the best interests of children and families. The Agreement is designed to act as a starting point for the team to talk about who may be the most appropriate ECI practitioner to have primary contact with the ECEC service for a particular period of time and how all team members can best communicate.

When should the Working Together Agreement be used, reviewed and shared?
  • When a child with developmental delay or disability is attending any ECEC setting, this agreement will establish the principles, terms of collaboration and other important details between the team members who will work together to support the child’s inclusion.
  • When a new ECI practitioner becomes involved in a child’s team, in particular if there is a plan for this person to be visiting the early childhood setting.
  • When there is a new ECEC educator.
  • At agreed intervals, when reviewing goals and progress for a childplanning strategies for staff to embed within the ECEC program.
How should the Working Together Agreement be used?

The Agreement should be used:

  • During face-to-face or online meetings between families, ECEC educators and ECI practitioners.
  • Via email, if needed. The Working Together Agreement can be read, individualised and signed electronically if certain members of the team do not have the opportunity to meet in person.
  • Specific priorities can be added to the agreement which are relevant to particular collaborative team work.


Sample information for ECEC to provide to ECIs 

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Sample information for ECEC to provide to families 
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Sample information for ECI to provide to ECECs
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Working Together Agreement Letterhead (blank)
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ECIA NSW/ACT would like to acknowledge the members of the Working Together Agreement Working Group: Janette Biffin (SDN Children’s Services), Perry Campbell (ACECQA), Rani Dibley (Hunter Prelude), Natalie Grenfell (Early Childhood Australia - NSW Branch), Mary Hawkins (National Disability Insurance Scheme), Romola Hollywood (Community Connections Solutions Australia), Tamsin Knight (Family and Community Services), Wilma Murdoch (Community Childcare Cooperative), Glen Newman (KU Children’s Services and NSW/ACT Inclusion Agency), Margie O’Tarpey (ECIA NSW/ACT), Emma Pierce (ECIA NSW/ACT), Tracey Quick (NSW Department of Education), Liz Ryan (Early Ed), Linda Rolland (First Chance), Karen Tippett (Family Advocacy), Catalina Voroneanu (ECIA NSW/ACT).

ECIA NSW/ACT would also like to acknowledge the Working Together Agreement package was peer reviewed by: Kimberlii Austen-Baker (NSW Department of Education), Dawn Chadwick, Megan Cooper, Dr Kerry Hodge (of STaR Association), Dr Coral Kemp (Macquarie University), Vanna Lockwood (St Peters Community Preschool), Glen Newman (KU Children’s Services), and Kerry Staples (Western Sydney University).

Thank you to all the parents and services which piloted the Working Together Agreement including: Annie’s Centre, (allied health practice), Bathurst Early Childhood Intervention Service, Betty Elaine Child Care Centre, Early Ed, Rose Hill, Moree Community Preschool, St Peters Community Preschool, SDN Hamilton Street (Bathurst).