This book is written for all students of the Early Years. It begins by examining the role of a parent in a child's life and the importance of good working relationships between parents and Early Years practitioners. It goes on to discuss the preconceptions and assumptions that we all have about families and parents and considers the practical implications of working with parents in a respectful and trusting partnership. It explores both interpersonal and communication skills and the formal and informal ways of involving parents in the early years experience of their children.

Parents and What We Think about Them

Parents and what we think about them

Chapter Objectives

After reading this chapter you should be able to:

  • assess critically the roots of assumptions made about parents;
  • analyse the validity of some stereotypical views of parents in an Early Years context;
  • identify effective values for the partnership work with parents.

This chapter develops your knowledge and understanding of discrimination against parents and approaches to overcoming it. The learning from this chapter will develop your expertise in the area of effective communication and engagement as outlined in the Common Core of Skills and Knowledge for the Children's Workforce (CWDC, 2010). You will look at a range of assumptions about parents, and stereotypes or prejudices about fathers and mothers regularly encountered in daily life. In ...

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