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Partnership With Parents in Early Childhood Today
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Partnership With Parents in Early Childhood Today

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April 2023 | 200 pages | Learning Matters
What is the role of early childhood practice in understanding the needs of parents and carers today?
This book:
*Considers the perspectives of those parents/carers marginalised by current practice
*Provokes thinking about how settings can become more inclusive in their practice
*Supports students to challenge their own assumptions about parents

Each chapter considers a group of families that may be marginalised in practice. The book suggests respectful, co-productive ways for students and early childhood practitioners, across the sectors, to work together. Each chapter asks current and future practitioners to reflect on and challenge their current practice.
Helen Simmons
The politics of parenting
Katarzyna Fleming and Penny Borkett
The potential of co-production
Philippa Thompson
Understanding food allergies and anaphylaxis
Valerie Daniel
Race and inequality in early childhood health
Jenny Boldrin
Understanding and supporting adoptive families
Aaron Bradbury
Working with LGBT+ parent led families
Martin Needham
Perspectives on multilingualism
Hattie Campbell
Cultural approaches to parenting
Donna Gaywood, Tony Bertram and Chris Pascal
Supporting refugee families
Kay Owen and Helen Simmons
Student mothers in higher education
Wendy Kettleborough
Practice perspective: Parents as experts
Mwajuma Kibwana, Davis Gisuka and Philippa Thompson
Practice Perspective: Learning from Tanzania

This book emerges as a pivotal resource for all individuals engaged with children and families in the early years sector. At its core, it champions the concept of parent partnership as a cornerstone for fostering successful relationships. With a keen focus on inclusivity, the book examines a variety of considerations including multilingualism, and diverse cultural and racial perspectives. It adeptly bridges the gap between theory and practice, enriched by the diverse viewpoints of contributing authors. This comprehensive exploration makes it an invaluable tool for a wide spectrum of early years students and practitioners.

Mrs Carly Blackburn
Social and Community Practice, Bradford College
February 29, 2024

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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