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Involving Parents in their Children's Learning

Involving Parents in their Children's Learning

Second Edition

232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"This book offers practical advice for early years practitioners on ways to work effectively with parents."

Involving Parents in their Children's Learning
is the story of the pioneering work of the Pen Green Centre for children and families. Showing how early years practitioners can collaborate effectively with parents, the book includes case studies of parents and children who have attended the centre, studies which chart developments in learning for both children and parents. The book will inspire early years practitioners and offer them practical advice on ways of developing effective work with parents.

Drawing on their work at the renowned Pen Green Centre, the authors show how to:

o support parents as their child's first educator

o provide practical and psychological support to parents

o involve fathers and male carers

o share important child development concepts

o support and extend children's learning

o reach out to hard-to-reach parents

This New Edition follows up on the stories of people featured in the first edition, showing how they have progressed over the last few years. It also includes new chapters covering the headteacher's role in developing parental involvement programmes, how the Pen Green model has been applied in primary schools, and the use of parental diaries.

The book is essential reading for students on early years courses (BA, FdA, B.Ed), as well as practising early years professionals and senior management teams in primary schools.

Notes on The Team
1.New Forms of Provision, New ways of Working - The Pen Green Centre
2.Developing Evidence-Based Practice
3.Getting to Know the Families
4.Sharing Ideas with Parents about Key Child Development Concepts
.Parents and Staff as Co-Educators - 'Parents' Means Fathers Too
6.Persistence Pays Off: Working with 'Hard to Reach' Parents
7.The Impact on Parents' Lives
8.Dialogue and Documentation: Sharing Information and Developing a Rich Curriculum

'This is an excellent book that draws extensively on the work of a children's centre that has been running for over 25 years' - SENCO Update

This is a very good book that has given students an additional insight into the structure of the family and parents can develop skills.

Miss Hilary L Blackwell
Teacher Training Department, Canterbury College
April 20, 2016

A useful book for students working within the community.

Mrs Andrea Morgans
General Education, Cardiff and Vale College
November 21, 2013

Very clearly written to clear links to the research carried out at Pen Green. Great story's enabling you to think beyond the subject.

Mrs Sharon Lock
Comm, Adult Education Centre
August 8, 2013

This book will be a useful addition to the reading list for my level 3 students. It provides a comprehensive overview of the early years, enhancing this with discussion questions, case studies and recommended further reading lists. It will support learning across all modules.

Mrs Julie Carver
Childcare, Icoco Training
January 30, 2013

too narrow a scope for our requirements

Dr Sue Palmer-Conn
School of Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University
January 22, 2013

An informative text which offers a proactive approach to parental engagement. A useful text for all students studying early childhood and also for practitioners working within the field

Miss Charlotte Jones
Warwick Institute of Education, Warwick University
July 11, 2012

Easy to follow chapters.
Emphasises the importance of working with parents and the benefits for the children.

Mrs Wendy Fish
Department of Law, Justice and Community Studies, University Centre at Blackburn College
October 19, 2009

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1 (1.26 mb)

Margy Whalley

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