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Involving Parents in their Children's Learning
A Knowledge-Sharing Approach

Third Edition
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May 2017 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Involving Parents in their Children's Learning is the story of the pioneering work of the Pen Green Centre 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 centre, 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 New Edition is updated throughout, revisiting some of the families and practitioners who feature in the previous editions and also includes 2 brand new chapters on ‘Parents as Researchers’ and ‘Family Drop-in sessions’. 

Cath Arnold will be discussing key ideas from Involving Parents in their Children’s Learning in the SAGE Early Years Masterclass, a free professional development experience hosted by Kathy Brodie. To sign up, or for more information, click here.

Margy Whalley
Chapter 1: New forms of provision, new ways of working: the Pen Green Centre
Margy Whalley
Chapter 2: Developing evidence-based practice
Colette Tait and Angela Prodger
Chapter 3: The many different ways we involve families
Cath Arnold
Chapter 4: Sharing ideas with parents about key child development concepts
Margy Whalley and Trevor Chandler
Chapter 5: Parents and staff as co-educators: ‘parents’ means fathers too
Cath Arnold
Chapter 6: Working with parents who traditionally find our services ‘hard to reach’
Penny Lawrence, Hannah Howe, Darren Howe and Sarah Marley
Chapter 7: Parents as researchers
Margy Whalley and Marcus Dennison
Chapter 8: Dialogue and documentation: sharing information, developing a rich curriculum and a responsive pedagogy
Sandra Mole
Chapter 9: Sharing knowledge with families in a ‘drop-in’ provision within an integrated centre for children and families
Annette Cummings
Chapter 10: The impact on parents’ lives
Jo Benford and Colette Tait
Chapter 11: Working in groups with parents of young children: growing together at the Pen Green Centre
Kate Hayward, Tracey Cotterell, June Smith, Andrea Layzell and Julie Denton
Chapter 12: Developing PICL in primary schools, children’s centres and in childminder settings
Margy Whalley
Chapter 1: New forms of provision, new ways of working: the Pen Green Centre
Margy Whalley
Chapter 2: Developing evidence-based practice
Colette Tait and Angela Prodger
Chapter 3: The many different ways we involve families
Cath Arnold
Chapter 4: Sharing ideas with parents about key child development concepts
Margy Whalley and Trevor Chandler
Chapter 5: Parents and staff as co-educators: ‘parents’ means fathers too
Cath Arnold
Chapter 6: Working with parents who traditionally find our services ‘hard to reach’
Penny Lawrence, Hannah Howe, Darren Howe and Sarah Marley
Chapter 7: Parents as researchers
Margy Whalley and Marcus Dennison
Chapter 8: Dialogue and documentation: sharing information, developing a rich curriculum and a responsive pedagogy
Sandra Mole
Chapter 9: Sharing knowledge with families in a ‘drop-in’ provision within an integrated centre for children and families
Annette Cummings
Chapter 10: The impact on parents’ lives
Jo Benford and Colette Tait
Chapter 11: Working in groups with parents of young children: growing together at the Pen Green Centre
Kate Hayward, Tracey Cotterell, June Smith, Andrea Layzell and Julie Denton
Chapter 12: Developing PICL in primary schools, children’s centres and in childminder settings

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.

Neil Henty
Early Years Educator

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.

Mrs Kate Hulm
Ashley Down Centre, City of Bristol College
September 13, 2017

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