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Partnership With Parents in Early Childhood Today

Partnership With Parents in Early Childhood Today

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April 2023 | 224 pages | Learning Matters
What is the true role of parents and carers in early childhood?

This book:
*explores the true role of parents and carers in early childood;
*considers key contemporary issues in parenting;
*supports students to challenge their own assumptions about parents.

Each chapter considers a group of families that may be labelled as hard to reach and considers that the problem lies in practice rather than with families. The book suggests practical advice whilst raising key issues. Each chapter asks current and future practitioners to reflect on and challenge their current practice.
‘Parents as experts’: a new way of working
Motherhood and politics: intervention, surveillance, and identity
Enabling inclusive partnerships with parents and carers: the potential of co- production
Food allergies and anaphylaxis: parenting in isolation and fear
Understanding and supporting adoptive families
LGBTQ+ - myths and unconscious bias
Emerging through dominant narratives in early childhood practice: cultural approaches to parenting
Working with parents from cultural minority groups
Perspectives on multilingualism
Race, maternity and unconscious bias in health
Supporting refugee families
Experiences of higher education student mothers

Philippa Thompson

Philippa Thompson is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion at Sheffield Hallam University.  Philippa began her career as an early years teacher, progressing to Head of Nursery/Foundation Stage and Assistant Head Teacher roles and finally an Early Years Advisory/ Community Teacher for Sheffield City Council. She is co-chair of the ECSDN which advocates for graduates in the workforce alongside lobbying for better pay and conditions in the early childhood workforce.  More About Author

Helen Simmons

Dr Helen Simmons is a Senior Lecturer in Education (Childhood, Youth and Families) in the Faculty of Health, Education and Society at the University of Northampton, UK. Helen has worked in Higher Education since 2008, prior to this she was a practitioner in early years settings. Helen is Vice Chair for the Early Childhood Studies Degrees Network (ECSDN): Policy, Lobbying and Advocacy (National and International) and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her research interests include the sociology of childhood, children's workforce development and critically reflective practice. More About Author

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