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: When Parents are not in your Setting

Partnership working: When parents are not in your setting

Chapter Objectives

After reading this chapter you should be able to:

  • analyse the need to involve fathers, Black and Minority Ethnic groups and hard-to-reach families in your setting;
  • critically assess approaches to working with fathers, Black and Minority Ethnic groups and hard-to-reach families;
  • identify strategies to make your setting more accessible;
  • examine the benefits of outreach work and joint working with other agencies and community groups to enhance the involvement of parents in Early Years settings.

This chapter develops your knowledge and understanding of how you can engage with parents and families who only rarely come into your setting or who do not access your services at all. The content of this chapter ...

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