Involving Parents in their Children's Learning
A Knowledge-Sharing Approach
- Margy Whalley - Pen Green Centre, Corby
Involving Parents in their Children's Learning is the story of the pioneering work of the Pen Green Center for children and families. Showing how early years practitioners can collaborate effectively with parents, the book includes case studies of parents and children who have attended the center, and charts developments in learning for both children and parents.
The authors show how to:
- Support parents as their child's first educator
- Provide practical and psychological support to parents
- Involve fathers and male carers
- Share important child development concepts
- Support and extend children's learning
- Connect with services that parents may find "hard to reach"
This Third Edition is updated throughout, revisiting some of the families and practitioners who feature in the previous editions and also includes two brand new chapters on "Parents as Researchers" and ‘"Family Drop-in sessions."
For this edition, the research has been updated with some of the families and practitioners revisited. Two new chapters focus on parents as researchers and family drop-in sessions. This is a very important book, one that will prove invaluable in helping you develop parental partnerships and engagement to a level where you have two powerful 'sets of knowledge' working in the best interests of children.
This is a very accessible text for L4 and 5 students to help them recognise the value of working with parents. There is so little being written about this currently as the current Government's agenda is much more about parents returning to work than working in real partnerships as part of early years professionalism. The Pen Green Centre research was and remains groundbreaking.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Involving Parents in their Children's Learning - Chapter 1