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Working with Parents in the Early Years

Working with Parents in the Early Years

Second Edition

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July 2013 | 160 pages | Learning Matters
This book is written for all students of the Early Years. It begins by examining the role of a parent in a child's life and the importance of good working relationships between parents and Early Years practitioners. It goes on to discuss the preconceptions and assumptions that we all have about families and parents and considers the practical implications of working with parents in a respectful and trusting partnership. It explores both interpersonal and communication skills and the formal and informal ways of involving parents in the early years experience of their children.

About the Early Years series
This series has been designed to support students of degrees and foundation degrees in Early Years, Early Childhood and related disciplines. Each text takes a focused look at a specific topic and approaches it in an accessible and user-friendly way. Learning features help readers engage with the text and understand the subject from a number of different viewpoints. Tasks pose questions to prompt thought and discussion and further reading suggestions, including useful websites, are included to help students access extended learning in each topic. 

Other titles in the series are Early Childhood Studies, Becoming a Practitioner in the Early Years, Child Observation for the Early Years and Exploring Play for Early Childhood Studies.

Ute Ward has been involved in the Early Years sector for more than 20 years in a range of different roles and contexts. In October 2011 Ute became Senior Lecturer in Early Years at the University of Hertfordshire where she teaches on Foundation Degrees and on undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
The Role of a Parent in a Child's Life

Parents and What We Think about Them

The Child-Parent-Practitioner Triangle

Partnership Working - Involving Parents in Your Setting

Partnership Working - When Parents Are Not in Your Setting

The Learning Partnership

When Partnerships Get Difficult

Working with Others to Support Parents

Beyond the Triangle


Useful features of this text include self assessment questions and reflective tasks but it is geared more towards students working in a setting rather than students on placement.

Mrs Mary-Louise Maynes
Education, Bishop Grosseteste Univ.
July 10, 2014

A useful and practical text for exploring values and concepts of parenting and family. It emphasises the importance of inclusive practice and the key role of family in children's education.

Mrs Sally Spruce
Education, University of the West of England, Bristol
July 2, 2014

A highly important field within the Early years which has been addressed in detail to support practitioners when working with parents.

Mrs Louise Atkins
School of Education & Training, Greenwich University
May 8, 2014

excellent reading for students studying the working with familes module

Mrs Janet Gargiulo
Health and Social Care, Glyndwr University
March 25, 2014

This book is essential for anyone in Early Years and even Primary schools. It enables the reader/practitioner to consider best practice in the all important area of parents as partners in their child's development. It deals with all aspects of parent partnership and comes from a well researched/practical viewpoint.

Mrs Helen Quintrell
Department of Childhood Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University
December 20, 2013

This book explores the ways in which early years practitioners work with parents and families to enhance children s development, learning and well-being. It explores the need for close partnership working between staff and families, offers examples of good practice and encourages reflection and discussion of the issues involved. The book pays particular attention to the standards required to gain Early Years Professional Status but is of interest to anybody working in an early years setting or studying on Early Childhood courses.

Mrs Helen Middleton
Caring, Cardiff and Vale College
November 22, 2013

A big focus at present is working with parents and building strong relationships. This text clarifies what we have been saying and will benefit students in putting this into practice.

Mrs Pamela Canning
early , North West Institute
November 21, 2013

A valuable book with interesting reflective tasks, self assessment and case studies. Will be recommending it for the Effective Teams modules.

Mrs Claire Pescott
Dept of Care & Continuing Education, Ystrad Mynach College
October 22, 2013

Useful book for all who study working with parents which challanges steteotypes of the motivations behind some parenting practices. Practical and reflective tasks support learning and the case studies are useful for providing context. The further reading clearly signposts those who want to go beyond the remit of each chapter.

Mrs Nicola Stobbs
Institute of Education, Worcester University
September 18, 2013

Practitioners within the early years sector are aware of the importance of working well with all parents in order to ensure the best support and outcomes for all children. This accessible text provides excellent examples to support those relationships. It also offers opportunities to allow practitioners to reflect upon their personal skills and attitudes.

Mrs Gillian Danby
School of Education and Community, Glyndwr University
September 5, 2013

Ute Ward

Ute Ward has been involved in the Early Years sector for the past 19 years as a parent, volunteer, play group assistant and play group leader. Recognising the vital role parents play in a child’s life she moved to working more directly with adults first as a development officer and tutor for the Pre-school Learning Alliance and then for 4 years as Community Involvement Co-ordinator in a Sure Start Local Programme. In November 2007 Ute became manager of a phase 2 Children’s Centre and is now also developing a phase 3 Children’s Centre. More About Author

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