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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.

Deepening the Dialogue with Parents
Deepening the dialogue with parents
EddieMcKinnon

In this chapter, the focus is on the researcher developing a deeper relationship with parents through sharing journal material and through video analysis sessions.

The teacher is no longer merely the-one-who-teaches, but one who is himself taught in dialogue with the students, who in turn while being taught teach. … They become jointly responsible for a process in which they all grow. … Here, no one teaches another, nor is anyone self-taught. People teach each other.

(Freire, 1996a, p. 61)

This quotation from Paulo Freire encapsulates the way in which parents, nursery workers and researchers are encouraged to work together at the Pen Green Centre. Each one of us, whether parent, worker or researcher, has his or her own ...

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