It is now recognised that parents play an essential role in the care and education of their children. The best outcomes for children are seen when parents and practitioners work together. This forms the basis for the model of partnership with parents and carers. Practitioners and parents will have their own roles when working with children but they can come together and share ideas and information about the best way to move their children forward. Below are some methods used by settings to encourage partnership with parents.
Parenting groups have experienced staff what will work with the parents and with the child/children helping them to develop strategies to improve your situation. There is a full programme of activities planned each half-term for both children and parents, and staff provide one-to-one services, advice and support, workshops and training sessions, visiting speakers, behaviour modification, play therapy, and recreational and therapeutic sessions. • Improved self-esteem for you and your child • A better quality of life • Better mental and physical health • An improved understanding of your child’s needs • Increased parenting skills • An understanding of nutritional value to you and your family "Parents usually know their children better than anyone else. They understand their own culture and the community where they live. Facilitated sensitively, Parenting Support Groups can help families decide what works best for them."
E1: There are many parts to the role of the practitioner when they are meeting children’s learning needs some of these are working with families, providing a positive environment, and the children wellbeing. Working with families”, you should always make sure that you are approachable and friendly towards all parents so that they are happy about leaving their child with you” (Tassoni, 1999, pg. 315). This helps to meet children’s learning needs as the child’s primary career has a better understanding of the child and may be able to support the child when they are at home. I have seen this at placement where they run parent consolation’s twice a term, and if the teacher needs to see the primary career, they arrange meeting.
milestones. Workshops so parents can learn what the children are learning in school, this supports both the child and parents as it means the parent can help the child at home. A statutory sector can be free full time education for the child. This is helpful to families that are struggling financially or unable to work therefore cannot afford to pay for education. A voluntary sector is provided by local authorities or central government departments, for example a playgroup.
It makes them feel like you understand them better. I think this is great because children should always feel comfortable in the classroom to share anything with you. Home visits really help you see the children in a whole different view and makes you understand them, not only as a student better, but as a person. I would recommend doing home visits with children, as long as safety is not an issue, to any future teacher or teacher in the classroom
Every Child Matters (2004) is from the children Act (2006) and is based around five expectations. “The programs goal is that every child has the support they need to stay safe, be healthy, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution and create economic wellbeing” (Tassoni P, 2007, p16). These support children by helping to provide a safe and healthy environment for them to grow up in and by insuring that all children are treat equally as adults follow the same guidelines for each child. This relates to my setting because we have two children who can only leave with their mothers and it also allows our SEN children to feel involved in all activities. ECM is important as it protects children from discrimination and harm.
Retrieved from http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/fcs/pdfs/fcs471.pdf, on February 10, 2012 The Effect of Divorce on Children: What Makes a Difference, Judith A. Myers-Walls, Ph.D., CFLE. Retrieved from http://www.extension.purdue.edu/providerparent/Family-Child%20Relationships/EffectDivorce.htm, on February 11,
Children depend on adults (who also are as healthy as possible) to make healthy choices for them and to teach them to make healthy choices for themselves. Teaching: Children benefit most when their teachers have high levels of formal education and specialized early childhood professional preparation. Families: Young children’s learning and development are integrally connected to their families. Consequently, to support and promote children’s optimal learning and development, programs need to recognize the primacy of children’s families, establish relationships with families based on mutual trust and respect, support and involve families in their children’s educational growth, and invite families to fully participate in the program. Community: As part of the fabric of children’s communities, an effective program establishes and maintains reciprocal relationships with agencies and institutions that can support it in achieving its goals for the curriculum, health promotion, children’s transitions, inclusion, and diversity.
Childminding is caring and watching children usually from 0-8 years of age. Childminders can be hired on part -time or full-time basics. Childminders are trained, insured and qualified in first aid. E2 Using childminding in a home environment can be more flexible than other forms of childcare which is a benefit for parents who have to work out of school hours and need someone to look after their child after or before school. Also for parents who have young children and cannot yet get them into a school or nursery due to their age, so need someone to care for their child while at work.
The relationship with parents/carers is the first and most important relationship in a child’s life.They need to have a strong bond or attachment to their primary carers to feel loved and secure. Parents are a childs first teachers so they build the basis for the development. It is important that the child is praised for their actions and not criticised to help build their self esteem and self worth. It is important for children and young people to have friends as they learn social skills that will be important to them throughout their lives. These skills can be vital to maintaining social relationships and help them be able to resolve conflict.