The Reception Year is a special time for children and their teachers. This text celebrates the uniqueness of the Reception Year and the unique role of the Reception Teacher. This is a book for those aspiring to be reception teachers, those new to teaching in reception and for those with a love for the reception year.

You as a Partner in the Lives of Children, Families and Communities

You as a Partner in the Lives of Children, Families and Communities

You as a partner in the lives of children, families and communities
Gillian Sykes

In this chapter we will begin to consider:

  • the many partnerships that Reception teachers make in an effort to support each unique child;
  • developing the engagement of parents, families, carers or legal guardians;
  • the importance of team working in supporting transitions and enabling a ‘community of learning’;
  • the benefits to multi-professional working;
  • the potential of ‘community’ links;
  • the development of creative partnerships.


As a Reception teacher we continually strive to safeguard the young children we work with to ensure that all children are able to make good progress. This means that all children should feel included and able to access the curriculum in ...

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