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 Learning Partnership

The learning partnership

Chapter Objectives

After reading this chapter you should be able to:

  • analyse the characteristics and needs of adult learners;
  • identify effective adult learning experiences and processes;
  • assess critically the learning opportunities you provide for adults in your setting;
  • evaluate opportunities for adults and children to learn together.

This chapter develops your knowledge and understanding of how children, parents and professionals learn in your setting. You will be encouraged to explore and to reflect on how you work with parents to enhance their learning and that of their children. By gaining an understanding of how adults learn, you will be able to develop strategies to enhance parents’ skills to support their children's learning, well-being and development and to create more stimulating home learning environments. At the ...

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