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1st Edition

Working with Parents, Carers and Families in the Early Years
The essential guide

ISBN 9780415728744
Published August 20, 2015 by Routledge
130 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

This guide 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. Full of examples and activities for training and resources 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 cultural differences and working with hard to reach families
  • Setting up home and setting visits
  • Creating parent-friendly environments

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.

Table of Contents

1. Introducing families  2. Introducing legislative and policy frameworks  3. The importance of reflection  4. Supporting transitions and home and setting visits  5. Partnership work with different ages  6. Parent friendly environments  7. Making connections between home and setting  8. Identifying, reflecting on and reducing barriers to partnership work  9. Concluding points: skills and strategies for working in partnership

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Teresa Wilson is Programme Director for the Foundation Degree in Children’s Development and Learning at the University of Reading, UK.


"Teresa Wilson's book offers a comprehensive framework for working with parents of different aged children, including advice on setting up home and setting visits, overcoming barriers to engagement and creating parent- friendly environments" - Teach Early Years