“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 5: Parents and Staff as Co-Educators – ‘Parents’ Means Fathers Too
Parents and Staff as Co-Educators – ‘Parents’ Means Fathers Too
This chapter explores the importance of the adult role in supporting and extending children's learning within early years settings. Parents and early years professionals need to work closely together if we are to provide the optimum opportunities for children to learn and develop. ‘Parents and teachers can help children separately or they can work together to the greater benefit of the children’ (Athey, 1990, p. 66). We have used two pieces of action research to highlight the importance of recognising mothers' and fathers' role as their children's first and most consistent educators.
Parents and Staff as Co-Educators
The approach that we use in working with parents is rooted ...