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Parents as Partners

Positive Relationships in the Early Years

Parents as Partners looks at how to build a positive relationship with the parents and carers of children in your program, whether you are working in a centre based or family day care setting. It offers practical advice on how to set up and maintain a respectful relationship with parents and what the EYLF expects of educators. It shows how to encourage parental involvement, along with working with hard-to-reach parents plus ideas on how to connect and communicate with diverse families.

Ages: 0-6 | Pages: 56 | Code: TS0181 | ISBN: 9781921613500

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Jennie Lindon

Jennie Lindon is well known as an early years consultant and author. She has been a prolific writer, offering a welcome blend of knowledge of child development with a practical understanding of the role of early years educators.

Liz Rouse

Liz Rouse is a lecturer in early childhood education at Deakin University.

Contents

The meaning of partnership5
Introduction5
What is a partnership?5
Partnership within early years practice6
Partners – equal but different7
Respect and partnership8
Who are parents?10
Defining ‘family’10
Does ‘parents’ mean fathers too?11
Other family groupings11
Families from diverse cultures and communities12
Partnerships with grandparents13
Hard to reach or overlooked?14
Partnership via others16
The importance of the home as a learning environment17
Relationships and communication19
Friendly yet not friends19
Be clear about your core values21
First contacts24
The first meeting24
Home visits25
Sharing the care and education of young children26
Ongoing communication and consultation29
Inclusion and partnership31
Working with families of children with additional needs32
Engaging fathers33
Helping to make connections35
Different kinds of involvement38
Parents as partners in their child’s learning38
Sharing ideas with parents43
General support and help from families45
Activities and events organised for parents47
Events the dad’s and male carers49
Parenting groups and programs50
A role in policy and decision-making51
Conclusion52
Notes54
References and resources55