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Engaging with Parents in Early Years Settings


August 2014 | 184 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

'It is inspiring to see a text which attempts to shift our worldview. This shift could give us the chance to achieve more open, inclusive, democratic early childhood practice that has the capacity to answer the deeper questions and which sees both parents and children as powerful and positive agents in their own futures'
Chris Pascal and Tony Bertram, Directors of the Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CREC)

The role of parents in the early years is fundamental. In order to achieve the best outcomes for children, mutually beneficial relationships between parents and practitioners need to underpin children’s care and learning.

There are many services for children and many different settings in which care and education can take place.  Whether you work in children’s centres, outreach and dual-focused services, preschools, kindergartens or schools this book will help you develop the skills and strategies to work alongside parents whatever your role.

Focussing on:

  • The importance of involving parents
  • The nature of learning
  • How to engage and build relationships with parents
  • How to reflect on and develop shared learning environment in settings
  • Transitions and attachment

This book has examples taken from real settings and practical advice to help you put the ideas into practice. Reading and using it will help ensure the wellbeing and development of all children in your care.

Dianne Jackson is an Adjunct Fellow at the University of Western Sydney and the CEO of Connect Child and Family Services

Martin Needham is Academic Division Leader: Education, Professional and Community Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University


 
Part 1 Parents, children and practitioners together
 
Chapter 1 The nature of human development
 
Chapter 2 Researching with families
 
Chapter 3 The value of practitioners being with children and parents together
 
Part 2 A place to be and a space to grow
 
Chapter 4 Being together as parents
 
Chapter 5 Creating a nurturing community
 
Chapter 6 Nurturing parents, nurturing children
 
Part 3 Learning to learn in supported playgroups
 
Chapter 7 Children learning in collaboration with adults
 
Chapter 8 Learning to play together
 
Chapter 9 The influence of learning environments
 
Chapter 10 Developing transitional capital

The text gives practical ways in which practitioners can work effectively with parents. The text links to the work of others which can be used for extended reading.

Mrs leanne Hall
International & Continuing Education, Tyne Metropolitan College
June 28, 2018

Engaging and contemporary insight which might inform and inspire practitioners in the early years.

Ms Caroline Brooks
Faculty of Development & Society, Sheffield Hallam University
October 25, 2016

Excellent coverage on a topic we need to consider in more depth.

Ms Babs Anderson
Education Studies, Liverpool Hope University
October 19, 2016

Excellent text when discussing key concepts of partnership with FdA learners

Mrs KAREN SIDDONS
Please select your department, Please select your institution
September 21, 2016

This is an excellent book for extending thinking in relation to working with parents. The book is well written and clearly laid out. It makes easy and interesting reading for undergraduate students.

Mrs Criona Madeline Blackburne
Early years Department, Portobello Institute
September 11, 2016

Working with parents and carers and understanding how to work in partnership is necessary for any prospective Early Years practitioner. This book offers an insight into importance of collaboration and valuing children as learners. I will be using it to support my teaching and encouraging students to use it as a key text.

Mrs Amanda Crow
Department of Education, Huddersfield University
March 8, 2016

Excellent text book, comprehensive, engaging and up to date information about working in partnership with parents. I used it last week with students and it was reviewed as a refreshing and interesting look at the concept.

Ms Caroline Brooks
Faculty of Development & Society, Sheffield Hallam University
March 1, 2016

Excellent resource for those working in early years settings and Children's Centres

Mrs Elaine Jones
Childcare Department, Accrington & Rossendale College
January 12, 2016

The collaboration between Dianne Jackson and Martin Needham offers a useful comparison of dual-focused groups of parents, families and practitioners from both Australia and England.
In teaching a module on 'Partnership with Parents' within the Foundation Degree in Children's Development and Learning, this book complements the existing reading list by covering pertinent subjects such as, 'The value of practitioners being with children and parents together;' & 'Children learning in collaboration with Adults.'
A key idea is presented with each new chapter and an overview given. Case studies are presented as examples, along with ideas for reflective activities which would challenge students to reflect on their own practice, a key skill on which the Foundation Degree focuses.
I shall certainly use ideas from the book within my lectures to put forward the benefits of practice that involves developing and encouraging joint activities between practitioners, parents and the children.
In addition there are chapters that could be useful to other modules such as the influence of learning environments within the module of 'Learning Spaces.'
A well-presented, easy to access, stimulating read.

Mrs Julie Couchman
Foundation Degree in Children's Development and Learning, Newbury College
June 30, 2015

This book was particularly useful with the child minders and early years practitioners due to them assessing and observing the children. This books explains various methods of observations and why they are used .

Mrs Carol M darwin
Higher education , Ashton Sixth Form College
June 25, 2015

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