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.

Working with other Professionals to Support Parents

Working with other professionals to support parents

Chapter Objectives

After reading this chapter you should be able to:

  • take part in early intervention processes to support children and their families;
  • critically reflect on the position of parents in multi-agency Team Around the Child meetings;
  • identify barriers to multi-agency working;
  • develop strategies to reduce or overcome barriers to multi-agency working.

This chapter will extend your knowledge regarding the work with parents by discussing how you can access support for families from outside your setting. The content will encourage you to reflect on ways to offer families support when you are concerned about the development of a child but before child protection processes need to be followed. You will also consider how you can engage with ...

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