“This book offers practical advice for early years practitioners on ways to work effectively with parents.” -CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Involving Parents in their Children's Learning is the story of the pioneering work of the Pen Green Centre for children and families. Showing how early years practitioners can collaborate effectively with parents, the book includes case studies of parents and children who have attended the centre, studies which chart developments in learning for both children and parents. The book will inspire early years practitioners and offer them practical advice on ways of developing effective work with parents.
Drawing on their work at the renowned Pen Green Centre, the authors show how to:
support parents as their child's first educator; provide practical and psychological support to parents; involve fathers and male carers; share important child development concepts; support and extend children's learning; reach out to hard-to-reach parents
This New Edition follows up on the stories of people featured in the first edition, showing how they have progressed over the last few years. It also includes new chapters covering the headteacher's role in developing parental involvement programmes, how the Pen Green model has been applied in primary schools, and the use of parental diaries.
The book is essential reading for students on early years courses (BA, FdA, B.Ed), as well as practising early years professionals and senior management teams in primary schools.
Chapter 1: New Forms of Provision, New Ways of Working – the Pen Green Centre
New Forms of Provision, New Ways of Working – the Pen Green Centre
The Pen Green Centre for children and their families opened in 1983. It was set up as a multifunctional service for children and families and was staffed by a multidisciplinary team. The centre was financed by Northamptonshire County Council and was jointly managed by the Education and Social Services Departments and the local health authority. In 1983, Pen Green had six staff and worked with 50 children; today the centre is a designated children's centre (June 2004) and has more than 110 staff, including teachers, nursery nurses, social workers, play workers, midwives, health workers and support staff, and we work ...