Early Childhood is a complex and diverse field. This text is designed to help students understand and engage with current themes in early childhood, supporting the development of critical thinking skills. Key themes such as children's voice, child wellbeing, identities and professional relationships are presented and opened up for the reader through essential theory and selected extracts. Thought provoking activities in all chapters help students to get a deeper understanding of contemporary themes in early childhood, supporting them in assignment writing and in linking theory to practice.

Working with Families in the Early Years

Working with Families in the Early Years

Working with families in the early years
Alison StreetMary Wild

This chapter will consider different models of families and their role in young children's learning. It will encourage you to explore and debate the nature of partnership and implications for practice.

By the end of this chapter you should have:

  • considered what is meant by a ‘family’;
  • recognised the role of the family in supporting children's learning and examined the potential impacts of home learning environments;
  • reflected on different models of partnership;
  • explored the nature of partnership relations in practice;
  • considered the ethics of agency of those who both care and are cared for.

What is meant by a ‘Family?’

Family is one of those evocative words that conjure up an instant mental image for most people ...

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