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.
In this book you have explored the many different aspects of working in partnership with parents in Early Years settings including its benefits, difficulties and practical implications. The benefits of effective partnership working in Early Years settings are numerous for all involved. Parents gain a greater understanding of their children's learning and development while they also have the opportunity to develop their own confidence, overcome isolation and learn new skills. Through the interaction with parents Early Years practitioners can learn more about the children they care for, deepen their understanding of theory in its practical application, and reflect on and enhance their own practice to meet the needs of families more comprehensively. However, the main beneficiary is the child as a more confident and ...