How to Develop Partnerships with Parents
A Practical Guide for the Early Years
This definitive resource provides a comprehensive range of activities and materials enabling you to equip your staff with the knowledge, confidence and skills they need to collaborate effectively with parents as part of their early years practice.
Packed with practical, reflective and team-based activities and templates, How to Develop Partnerships with Parents offers evidence-based information on working successfully with parents, and provides a range of materials to meet the specific training and development needs of your staff. Chapters emphasise the benefits of working closely with families, and acknowledge the particular needs of parents with children at various stages of development, and with SEND. Information and activities are presented in a unique, accessible format, meaning you can quickly access the materials most relevant for your staff and setting, to provide effective training and ensure that staff members can build outstanding working relationships with parents, collaborating with families to the benefit of the child.
With downloadable resources, activities and opportunities for reflection throughout, this will be essential reading for Early Years managers, students and practitioners, trainers and co-ordinators.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Making partnership with parents an outstanding quality in your setting
Chapter 2: Policy, frameworks and the production of effective paperwork
Chapter 3: Breaking down barriers
Chapter 4: The beginning of your transformation: Parental engagement in your setting
Chapter 5: Supporting transitions: Helping children and families adapt to change
Chapter 6: Parental engagement in the baby room
Chapter 7: Parental engagement in the toddler room
Chapter 8: Parental engagement in the pre-school room
Chapter 9: Creating a parent-friendly environment
Chapter 10: Communication between parents and settings: Sharing children’s development and progress
Chapter 11: Working with families, special educational needs and disability
Chapter 12: Concluding points
Teresa Wilson is Programme Director of the BA in Education Studies and until recently Programme Director of the Foundation Degree in Children’s Development and Learning at the University of Reading, UK.