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 your Setting

Partnership working: Involving parents in your setting

Chapter Objectives

After reading this chapter you should be able to:

  • assess critically the opportunities for parental involvement and partnership working in your own setting;
  • develop and implement strategies to enhance parental participation in all aspects of an Early Years setting, including children's learning.

This chapter further extends your knowledge and understanding of parental involvement and partnership working between Early Years practitioners and parents. The focus will be on opportunities for parents to get involved in the wider activities of the setting beyond the direct engagement in their children's learning and includes your leadership of the practice and ethos in your setting. You will explore different strategies to engage parents in shared governance, leadership and ...

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