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Engaging with Parents in Early Years Settings

Engaging with Parents in Early Years Settings

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July 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

Brilliant and detailed account of the topic

Dr Jacky Tyrie
Education, Swansea College
June 10, 2020

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
May 2, 2019

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

Ms Caroline Brooks
Faculty of Development & Society, Sheffield Hallam University
August 24, 2017

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

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February 15, 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
October 3, 2015

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
September 3, 2015

Dianne Jackson

Dianne Jackson trained as an Early Childhood Teacher and taught in a broad range of community, early childhood and school settings. Dianne then became a lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Western where she completed a First Class Honours degree in Social Science.  Since 2004 Dianne has held the position of Chief Executive Officer at Connect Child and Family Services, an NGO in outer western Sydney that delivers a broad range of early childhood focused programs with families.  Dianne holds an adjunct position at the University of Western Sydney where she completed her PhD in 2010 and her doctoral research won... More About Author

Martin Needham

Martin Needham trained and worked as an Early Years teacher in Nottinghamshire, London and Pakistan. This was followed by four years as an Early Years Development Officer for a local authority working on a range of initiatives including Early Years Development and Childcare Partnerships, and Children’s Centres. During this time he worked regularly with one of the regional parent and child groups as part of the National Children’s Bureau’s Playing with Words project. He became a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at the University of Wolverhampton in 2003 and a Principle Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2014. Martin... More About Author

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