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.

When Partnerships Get Difficult

When partnerships get difficult

Chapter Objectives

After reading this chapter you should be able to:

  • assess the need for transparency and confidentiality in Early Years settings;
  • assess critically different approaches to reducing conflict and improving relationships with parents and grandparents in difficult circumstances;
  • analyse effective communication tools to maintain the dialogue with parents;
  • analyse the role of monitoring and evaluation in an Early Years setting.

This chapter develops your knowledge and understanding of how you can effectively work with parents when your relationships with them are complex or strained. The content will invite you to reflect on the different roles parents may have in your setting and community, and the potential impact this may have on your relationship with them. It includes a consideration of the role ...

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