2nd Edition

Working with Parents, Carers and Families in the Early Years The Essential Guide

By Teresa Wilson Copyright 2025
    180 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    180 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Parents have a crucial role in supporting children’s learning, development and well-being. The act of forming effective partnerships with families and carers is a key feature of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Achieving this takes time, reflective practice, skill and a solid understanding of the barriers that can impede forming effective working relationships with parents.

    Working with Parents, Carers and Families in the Early Years offers an informed and comprehensive framework for working with parents, drawing on the latest evidence and containing practical advice from practitioners and parents, to support sound partnership practice. This second edition has been fully updated to reflect the current economic and social challenges facing families and the increasing diversity of family structures.

    Full of examples and activities for training to support practice across a wide range of settings, it focuses on key areas such as:

    •                        Working with parents of different aged children

    •                        The development of strategies to support the relationship

    •                        The barriers to partnership working, including sector challenges, social and cultural changes and time poverty

    •                        Creating parent-friendly environments

    •                        Reflecting on the events of the COVID-19 lockdown and the impact on partnership with parents

    •                        Working with diverse families

    Including case studies and questions for reflective practice, this book will be ideal for Early Years students on Foundation Degrees, Childhood Studies Courses and those training to become Early Years Teachers as well as Early Years practitioners and managers responsible for staff training.


    Section 1 Building partnerships

    Chapter 1       Parents, practitioners and the partnership principle

    Chapter 2       Laws, policies and supporting families

    Chapter 3       Making use of theory and reflection

    Section 2      Developing partnerships

    Chapter 4      Partnership work during transitions

    Chapter 5       Partnership work with different ages

    Chapter 6      Partnership work for inclusion

    Chapter 7       Creating a welcoming environment

    Chapter 8       Effective communication between home and setting

    Section 3      Deepening understanding of partnerships

    Chapter 9       Overcoming barriers to partnerships

    Chapter 10    Learning for the future

    Appendix 1

    Early Years Teacher Standards (NCTL, 2013)




    Teresa Wilson is a recently retired Associate Professor from the Institute of Education at the University of Reading, UK. Her main research interest has been the relationship between parents and practitioners and how to reflect on making it positive and productive for all.