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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.
 
Introduction
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

 

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

Clearly written with good practical and reflective tasks and feedback provided after each one.

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

Early Years Teachers need to work in close partnership with parents to ensure that the children in their care are supported. This book gives example and strategies to enable them to do this.

Mrs Nikki Fairchild
Childhood Studies : Early Years, Chichester University
July 11, 2013
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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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ISBN: 9781446267455
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