Parents, Early Years and Learning
Subtitle: Parents as partners in the Early Years Foundation Stage - Principles into practice
Helen Wheeler and Joyce Connor
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The importance of working more effectively with parents to involve them in learning cannot be overstated. Children learn from everything they experience, wherever they are and whoever they are with. The greater the continuity between home and setting, and the richer the learning environment in both, the more children will benefit.
The Children's Plan (2007) emphasises parents' support for children's early learning as an essential foundation for achievement, and the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requires all early years settings to view parents as partners in learning. Arising from the work of PEAL (Parents, Early Years and Learning), this book will assist practitioners to examine practice and to build parents' confidence as the first and most enduring educators of their children. Parents as Partners examines the evidence base, outlines the principles, requirements and guidance on working with all parents and provides a framework for practice.
As Early Years Senior Development Officer at NCB, Helen has identified and collated effective practice in involving parents in their children's early learning birth to five. Helen has many years experience as a classroom teacher and has designed and delivered many successful family learning sessions for parents in nursery schools and children's centres.
Joyce Connor is the Early Years Programme Director at NCB. She has extensive experience of direct delivery, training and consultancy, particularly in work with children and families. Joyce developed a model of support for parental engagement in the early years, and has since consolidated and built on the work of this successful national project, PEAL (Parents, Early Years and Learning).
A well written and focused book, which includes the most relevant material relating to working with parents to date. All practice based which is what it should be all about.
Programme Director, Centre for Educational Studies, University of Hull
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