“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 6: Persistence Pays Off: Working with Parents who Find Our Services ‘Hard to Reach’
Persistence Pays Off: Working with Parents who Find Our Services ‘Hard to Reach’
This chapter looks at why we want to engage all parents of nursery children and how we adapt our methods to ensure that we are giving all the parents equal opportunities to be involved in their children's learning. The chapter draws on two parents’ stories of their own educational experience as children and adults.
As part of the Parents’ Involvement in Their Children's Learning (PICL) project, we carry out a semi-structured interview with each of our nursery parents each year. We are aware that Corby has among its total population very few adults who go on to further or higher ...