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.

The Child–Parent–Practitioner Triangle

The child–parent–practitioner triangle

Chapter Objectives

After reading this chapter you should be able to:

  • assess critically the relevance of the child and parent relationship for the Early Years practitioner;
  • analyse the role of the Early Years practitioner in the parent and professional relationship;
  • assess the influence of the parent and professional relationship on the well-being, development and learning of children.

Building on the approach to working with parents developed in the previous chapters you will now develop your knowledge and understanding of the relationships between Early Years practitioner, parent and child with a particular emphasis on the interrelatedness of the three and the impact this has on children's learning. This will include an exploration of your understanding of individual children's development and of the relationships you form ...

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