Good communication between the home and school contributes positively to the school's work with the learning environment and to the pupils' early-development environment. The parents and guardians have the main responsibility for a child's upbringing and development. They are the most important caregivers for children and young people and have knowledge school can use to support the pupil's education and all-round development. School has the overriding responsibility for initiating and facilitating for cooperation. This means ensuring that parents and guardians receive necessary information, and that they are given the opportunity to have influence on their children's everyday school life.
The attitude to school that the home has is important for a pupil's engagement and efforts in school. In their interactions with the school, parents and guardians have different needs, expectations and opinions about the school's goals and practice. This may create tensions that the school may find demanding to work with. The school must state clearly what it is able to and must provide, and what is expected of the home. Good and trusting dialogue is a mutual responsibility. However, the school must consider that not all the pupils have equal opportunities to receive assistance and support in the home.