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Parents as partners

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In this free course we look at the notion of parents as partners. We identify a cluster of reasons why partnership is considered important - for children, parents and practitioners - and give examples of ways in which it can be interpreted in practice. We also outline a conceptual framework to accommodate the possible range of parental involvement and partnership practice.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • understand some priniciples underpinning early years legislation, policy and practice
  • understand some requirements of local and national frameworks both statutory and non statutory which guide the education and provision of early years settings and the work of children's services in safeguarding and promoting children's welfare
  • identify and reflect on personal values and those of others
  • reflect on personal experience and practice, identify strengths and weaknesses, and apply this to practice issues
  • develop the ability to work and communicate effectively with parents, families, colleagues and other professionals to safeguard and promote children's welfare and to support children's development and learning.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 16 hours
  • Updated Thursday 17th March 2016
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Educational Practice
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Parents as partners

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In this course we look at the notion of parents as partners. We identify a cluster of reasons why partnership is considered important – for children, parents and practitioners – and give examples of ways in which it can be interpreted in practice. We also outline a conceptual framework to accommodate the possible range of parental involvement and partnership practice.

Parental involvement practice is usually conceptualized and specified by professionals. As a result, it is necessary for practitioners to be open and receptive to feedback and suggestions both from parents and children. Some parents, for reasons that may not be apparent to practitioners, are reluctant to become involved in their children's care and education; others may choose not to become involved. Practitioners need to be aware of parents' feelings, and to be cautious about blaming them for what seems to be a lack of interest.

As we show throughout this course, partnership can take many forms. We discuss how while projects and special initiatives that encourage parental involvement can be exciting and stimulating, they can also be short lived and heavily reliant on the provision of extra funds. The course underlines how partnership needs to be a way of life that becomes embedded in the ongoing day-to-day exchanges that take place between parents, practitioners and children.

This OpenLearn course provides a sample of Level 1 study in Education, Childhood & Youth qualifications [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]

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