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.

Partnership Working: Involving Parents in their Children's Learning

Partnership working: Involving parents in their children's learning

Chapter Objectives

After reading this chapter you should be able to:

  • analyse the processes of initial engagement and ongoing involvement of parents in an Early Years setting;
  • identify some features of effective communication with parents to enhance relationships.

This chapter develops your knowledge and understanding of parental involvement and partnership working between Early Years practitioners and parents. You will be encouraged to reflect on your relationships with parents and on your approach to working in partnership with them to enhance their children's learning. Through understanding the processes involved and the different strategies available you can enhance your own practice and the learning from this chapter extends the areas of effective communication and engagement ...

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