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 Role of the Parent in a Child's Life

The Role of the Parent in a Child's Life

The role of the parent in a child's life

Chapter Objectives

After reading this chapter you should be able to:

  • analyse the contribution parents and the home environment make to children's well-being, development and learning;
  • assess critically the benefits of parental involvement in Early Years settings for the child and for the parent;
  • examine the interrelatedness of parents’ involvement, teachers’ expectations and children's achievements.

This chapter begins to develop your knowledge and understanding of parental involvement and examines your underlying approach to working with parents for the benefit of their children. It also explores individual circumstances which may influence children's learning and development and encourages you to reflect on your practice to promote continuous improvement. You will explore what is meant ...

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