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.

Beyond the Triangle

Beyond the triangle

Chapter Objectives

After reading this chapter you should be able to:

  • assess critically how parental involvement in Early Years settings can contribute to personal and community empowerment;
  • analyse the role of the Early Years practitioner in relation to the wider community and the empowerment of parents and communities;
  • examine potential barriers to the involvement with the local community.

This chapter develops your knowledge and understanding of the community context in which Early Years settings operate and the role of Early Years practitioners in relation to these communities. The content will support you to reflect on your relationships with parents, on the range of factors influencing outcomes for children, and on your approach to working collaboratively inside and outside your setting. The areas of expertise ...

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